Termites cause more damage to American homes than fire, earthquakes, and storms. Yet most homeowner's insurance policieswon't cover termite damage. The ONE WAY to put your mind at ease is to protect your home and finances before disaster strikes.
When it comes to termites, "out of sight" doesn't always mean "out of mind." Signs of a termite infestation are difficult to spot. Subterranean termites live in colonies in the soil. They require moisture from the soil to survive, and can tunnel hundreds of feet to reach feeding sites such as your home. To reach food above ground, they build mud tubes to protect them from exposure to light, air and enemies.
What do termites feed on?
They feed on cellulose-based material like wood, books, boxes, furniture and drywall coverings. Termites are constantly foraging and have been found over 150 feet from a colony.
Why are termites a threat to my home?
Termite colonies work 24 hours a day, and signs of termite infestations can go undiscovered until serious damage is done. Because homeowners insurance typically does not cover termite damage, termite detection and continued termite treatment are the best ways to help protect your property.
A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects (WDI). The inspector will visually inspect the interior of a home (including accessing and entering any sub-space such as basements and crawlspaces) and exterior of the property and provide a report of the findings.
Do not become unduly alarmed if you learn that termites are present in the home. There are many different types of termite treatments available. The decision for treatment should be made carefully based on a consultation with your trusted termite specialist.