Things Homeowners Should Know About Termites In 2023

Posted On Friday, 20 January 2023 15:08

Termites are responsible for damage of approximately 600,000 homes in the US each year. US residents spend an estimated $5 billion annually to control and repair termite damage. This is a major problem for many homeowners, in this blog I will explain what termites are, what kind of damage they could do, and how to treat and prevent termites from infesting your home.

What Are Termites

Termites are wood-destroying insects (WDI) and can be a major problem to homeowners as they survive by eating wood. There are 3 types of termites in the US known Subterranean, Drywood, and Dampwood. Subterranean termites live in soil and build the largest nest of any insect in the US. The nests are connected to the food source via mud tubes known as tubular. The subterranean termite is responsible for the majority of the termite damage in the US. Dampwood termites live in wood with high moisture content and most do not require contact with the soil. Drywood termites typically live in wood, such as dead trees, structural timber or hardwood floors. Unlike subterranean termites, they do not require contact with the soil. Typically dry wood termites do not cause as much damage to homes as subterranean termites due to their smaller colony sizes. Dampwood termites are rarely found in homes as the wood in the structures does not have enough moisture.

How to identify if you have termites

It may not be noticeable when a termite infestation starts. Some signs to look for are any tubular outside of your home, any damaged or softwood, or live termites inside of your home. Termites will feed on any wood objects in your home including trim, cabinets, and even the paper on your sheetrock. Once you see any of the signs it is likely you have a serious infestation.

How to get rid of them

Typically termite infestations will be best treated by a professional, but knowing the methods they use can help you understand the process. One popular way to get rid of termites is to treat the soil around your home with a termite insecticide. Wood can also be directly treated if termites are inside of it. Another method is to place termite bait strategically around your yard to lure termites in. Once there the termites will be covered in a slow-acting insecticide or insect growth regulator. Then the termites return to their colonies to poison the other termites.

How to prevent them

Prevention is key when it comes to termites. The best prevention is to have your home treated by a professional extermination company and have the company annually spray for termites. Also, you must be sure to prevent any contact with trees or plants outside your home. Leave at least 6 inches from your home and the ground or wooden decks or porches.

Conclusion

Termites can cause extreme damage to homes if left untreated. If you ever had a termite infestation and felt overwhelmed by the process of removing and repairing the damage, a local real estate investor will be a good option to buy your home and solve the problem. But with the proper precautions they can be avoided and will likely never be an issue for most homeowners. Remember to do regular inspections on your home for signs of termites and keep your home's termite treatment up to date with a licensed pest control company.

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