The majority of real estate purchase contracts are contingent upon a termite inspection. Many people are often surprised if the termite inspection comes back showing termite infestation. The U.S. Forest Service reports that subterranean termites (common to Arkansas and Oklahoma) are the most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States causing more than $2 billion in damage each year. That is more than the damage caused by fire and windstorms combined! As you can see from the map provided by the Forestry Service Arkansas and Oklahoma range from Region 1 Very Heavy to Region II Moderate to Heavy. Whether you are selling your home or not, there are signs, you can look for to avoid any surprises and stop further damage if you do have termites. Termite damage to wood is often unnoticeable on the surface.
Spring has sprung which means the termites will soon be swarming (basically, flying termites). After the last freeze, usually when temperatures reach about 70 degrees, the young adult male and female swarmers emerge from their nests in large groups. These swarms and their shed wings left behind are often the only visible signs of these pests.
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