Termites are some of the worst house guests you could ever have. And they are NEVER invited guests. They creep into your home through cracks in the foundation or eat away at wood accents on your home. Often homeowners don’t realize they have these unwanted house guests until significant damage has been done. The cost to get rid of them and repair your home can be thousands of dollars. Industry experts estimate the damage caused by termites to be in the billions of dollars.
The Good News
As a homeowner you can spot termites before they cause significant damage to your home. They are not the neatest guests, leaving mud tubes wherever they have entered your home. Some bug experts have estimated a hungry termite colony can eat as much as 12.9 pounds per year!
Signs of Termites
While none of us want to think about termites literally eating their way through our home, it can happen. The sooner you catch the damage, the sooner you can have a licensed termite inspector from Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination assess the damage and get rid of the termites.
Depending on the type of termite, you may see them flying away from your home at swarming time or you will see mud tubes at points of entry around your home. Walk around the perimeter paying close attention to the foundation. Cracks in the foundation are optimal for termites (and lots of other pests) to get into your home. If you have wood accents, check those for mud tubes and dry rot, a likely sign of termites.
Dry rot is the decay of wood causing it to become a dust-like substance. If you have wood that falls apart in your hands or mud tubes around or in your home, it’s time to call Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination to conduct a complete termite inspection.
Termite Inspection Basics
Say goodbye to termites when you call a licensed inspector from Budget Brothers Termite & Pest who will go well beyond just looking around the outside of your home for signs of termites. In addition to checking the foundation, they will do a complete inspection of the outside and inside of your home including plumbing, and attic and crawl spaces. They will go over termite treatment options to eliminate the termite colony feeding on your Phoenix home. Once the colony is eliminated, you can repair the damage caused by your unwelcome house guests.
To prevent future infestations it is important to take the following steps:
- Annual inspections.
- Take care of moisture issues. Termites thrive in a moist environment such as near a leaky faucet, under a leaky sink, or near a leaky air conditioner.
- Remove wood from on or near your home. You might love your wooden patio, but it might be time to upgrade to a material that is more durable and anti-termite than wood.
Taking extra precautions today will help prevent termite infestations in the future. And that could save you a lot of money in the long-run.