Your home’s foundation has been treated for termites, you have created a barrier between you and potential termite damage and that’s that. That is not necessarily so if you have done any landscaping or construction near your home’s foundation. Any activity such as digging near the foundation of your home may disrupt that termite-treated zone or barrier intended to prevent a termite infestation. Think of it just like Arkansas One-Call that requires you to call 811 before digging to locate underground utilities. Unfortunately, there’s not an easy number to call like 811 to locate the termite barrier for you, it’s just something that every homeowner needs to be mindful of when working on the exterior of their home.
Although homeowners and business owners believe termites can cause costly damage, it is often hard for them to understand just exactly how these pests that measure between one-quarter and one-half inch can do so much harm to a structure. One problem with termites is that they don’t discriminate. They don’t care what type of construction it is, because they are looking for food and cellulose used in buildings is a favored food source.
It’s severe storm season here in the River Valley. Another storm you may not be aware of is termite season. Although these guys are tiny, they are mighty because they can cause some major damage to your home. They are often called ‘silent destroyers’ because they can work away for a very long time without being noticed. Termites are responsible for cumulatively costing homeowners more than $5 billion in property damage annually.
Termites might not be at the top of your priority list these days, and that is certainly understandable given the current pandemic, but at a minimum, they should be on your radar. Termites can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. What is even scarier is that termite infestations can grow quickly without you ever suspecting a thing about them until it’s too late. Here are the top signs of termite infestation:
Although we have had very few warm and sunny days, termite season is upon us. As soon as temperatures reach about 70 degrees the young adult male and female swarmers emerge from their nests in large groups. They tend to come out after a rain as early as March or April. They can be quite annoying, but the only good thing about swarmers is they are very often the only outwardly visible signs that you have termites. Once they lose their wings, they search out a place to start a nest, mate and begin rearing the first group of workers. These guys have been busy all winter, eating away at wood 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
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