Termites are insects that appear like ants, dwell in enormous colonies, and consume wood. Some termites dwell underground and start looking for food as the weather warms up in the spring. They can infest the wooden components of homes and other structures during this time, potentially inflicting significant damage.
Termite infestation symptoms include:
Termite infestations can be extremely expensive, especially if left untreated for an extended period of time. These infestations can be costly for a variety of reasons, including:
Depending on geography and availability, the national average cost controlling a termite infestation in a full 2,520 square foot house, including inspection and liquid treatment, can range from $1,300 to $1,500.
The expenses vary depending on the size of the structure, the extent of the infestation, and the kind of foundation. Treatment could cost several hundred dollars on the low end. Depending on location and availability, expenses might reach $3,500 on the high end. Furthermore, correcting termite damage can significantly boost expenditures above and beyond these figures.
Termite infestations are commonly treated using the following pest control methods:
Termite bait: Termite bait is buried underground away from the building and includes a slow-acting deadly chemical. Termites are drawn to it and bring it back to their nest. It ranges between $4 and $10 per linear foot.
A follow-up inspection, as well as spot inspections and treatments when needed, is also recommended. Wood protectant services can help keep termites from inflicting more damage to your home’s wooden components.
Termites have been around for more than 120 million years, dating back to the period of the dinosaurs. Because of their ability to gnaw through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper undetected, they are dubbed “silent destroyers.” Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, which is not covered by homeowners insurance plans. This is why it is critical to be careful about termite management and elimination.
Swarmers looking to establish a new colony are often the first indicator of termite season, appearing inside homes in early April. Contact a termite management specialist to treat the infestation and prescribe a course of proper termite control to get rid of termites in the home.
Subterranean termites are the most destructive termite species. To reach food sources and defend themselves from the elements, these termites construct characteristic tunnels known as “mud tubes.” They devour wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, biting off little chunks of wood one at a time using their saw-toothed teeth. Subterranean termites can severely destroy a building structure over time, causing it to collapse. Subterranean termites are a menace to homeowners across the country, as they may be found in every state except Alaska.
Drywood termites are a type of termite that thrives on hard, dry wood found inside a home. This comprises both structural timbers and furniture such as picture frames and banisters. They do not form colonies in the soil; instead, they burrow into the wood and take essential water from the wood they consume.
Drywood termites are most common on the West Coast, Florida, and Hawaii, but they can also be found in Texas and the Carolinas. This insect can inflict as much damage as other termite species, so if you suspect an infestation, consider drywood termite treatment as soon as possible.
Dampwood termites, as the name implies, infest wood with a high moisture content. Dampwood termites are often bigger than other termite species.
Formosan termites are a subterranean termite species divided into three castes: alates (or reproductive), soldiers, and workers. They are the most voracious, aggressive, and clever of the over 2,000 termite species known to science, chewing through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper undetected.
The conehead termite, sometimes known as the “tree termite,” lives on wood. They were nicknamed “Conehead Termites” to dispel the myth that this pest is only found in trees, as well as to reflect the cone-like shape of their soldiers’ heads. This invasive plant is endemic to the Caribbean and was imported to the United States for the first time in 2001.
These termites spend most of their time in their colonies, although they will depart to build satellite nests in trees, shrubs, or even open ground. They will also infest fences, paper goods, and any other cellulose supplies to which they may acquire access. If left unnoticed, this termite species is particularly aggressive and can inflict significant damage in a short period of time.
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