Termites are sneaky critters because they live in colonies located underground. That means you often won’t even know they are there until it’s too late. Termites often feed on wood — including the wood in your home! Needless to say, they are capable of doing substantial damage. If you think you may have a termite problem then it is time to get a termite inspection from a professional pest control service.
How Regular Termite Inspections Can Save You A Lot Of Money and A Lot Of Grief
First off, it is important to understand that termites can do major damage to a home in just a few months time. Even though termites are relatively small insects, about the size of a grain of rice, they have powerful jaws that tear at their food. Anything containing cellulose becomes the subject of their appetite. That may include an old discarded book, a piece of neglected outdoor furniture, or even the wooden frame of your home!
To understand this better, termites feed on dead or decaying plant material when this contains cellulose. This cellulose provides them with energy and is a primary ingredient in wood. That is why termites will attack at the frame of your home — especially when they find wood that has been distressed, for instance by water damage. Termites frequently cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes. It is not unusual for them to cause a house to be condemned.
The best way to deal with termites is to have regular inspections from an experienced company as explained in this post , before they attack. The pest control company will also treat the wood and soil in and around your home to prevent the attack.
Having an inspection once a year will normally be good enough for most homeowners. However, if you have had problems with termites in the past, twice-a-year inspections are not out of the question.
Of course, you should always make sure the company you choose has the proper credentials, usually an exterminator’s license. It is not a good idea to simply go with the company that gives you the cheapest bid. Another good suggestion is to check with neighbors, friends or relatives, to see if they have had dealings with companies successfully.
Keep in mind that even though termite inspections are not cheap they are much less expensive than repairing the major structural damage. To be safe is always better than to be sorry. Plan on having your home inspected regularly to ensure that you do not fall prey to these hungry little critters.