Termite Awareness Week

With Spring and Termite Awareness Week right around the corner, it is imperative for homeowners to be informed about the potential issues and damages that these destructive pests can cause. Termites on average cost American homeowners over $3 billion a year in the damage they cause, not to mention the mental damage that comes along with it too. The problem is that most homeowners don’t even know that they have an infestation on their hands until it is too late. Spring is the time that these pests begin to thrive. Depending on what part of the country you live in, now is the critical time to make sure that your home is termite free. There are three specific species of termites that you should be on the lookout for this spring.

The Subterranean Termite: Up close picture of a subterranean termite

By far the most common type of termite that is found in the United States, they also cause the most damage as well. Their colonies can range anywhere from 100,000 to 1,000,000. Their colonies function in a similar way as bees do. The queen can lay thousands upon thousands of eggs per day. These pests will make their way into your home from the outside. Usually through cracks in the foundation or siding of your home. Their presence is easy to spot as they leave tiny holes in wood and will often more times than not, appear in basements or on the bottom of floors. If you happen to notice any of these signs, it is imperative to contact a professional immediately.

The Drywood Termite: Up close picture of a drywood termite

These termites, while not as common as the Subterranean are just as destructive. Costing homeowners millions upon millions of dollars every year. This species tends to thrive in drier, arid climates like the Southwestern United States and some parts of Texas as well. It is also not uncommon to find them in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico as well. This species can fly at any point in their life cycle, and can enter your home in a variety of ways. They can enter through attics, vents on the roof, open windows, etc. This pest does not survive off wood alone. They will eat anything that contains cellulose. From paper in books to the sheetrock that is hung for your walls. This species of termite can often exist for years without being detected as well.

The Dampwood Termite: Up close picture of a dampwood termite

These pests are particularly found in the Pacific Northwest region of the country. Dampwood termites thrive in areas where the environment is nearly always damp and cool. Their preference is, you guessed it, damp wood. Which is not common place in most homes built in that area of the country. They can usually be found in heavy forested areas. They love building their colonies in rotting stumps and other various decaying plant matter. You can bet that if you have a leaky basement or a soft foundation, they will be more than happy to invite themselves into your home unannounced as well.

There is no better time than now to prepare your home for termite prevention. Keeping these pests out of your home is far easier (and cheaper) than removing them. Contact a professional today and make sure that your home retains its integrity, both structurally and financially.