Spotting Termite Damage In Your New England Home

October 1, 2014

For most Americans their home is their biggest investment.  We safeguard this investment from obvious threats through security alarms, locks, outdoor lighting and smoke detectors.  However, what should you do about hidden threats like termites that can damage a home from the inside, sometimes with few external signs of damage?

Every year termites cause over 5 billion dollars in property damage in the United States. While that is a big impersonal number, the reality is, If termites are left untreated in your home, a colony can cause damage that is very costly to repair for you and your family. Experts agree that early detection is crucial in limiting the destructive scope of a termite colony. Regular home inspections from a termite specialist can help identify signs of termite activity and structural damage. Based upon the  inspection findings, a termite expert can customize a treatment plan to specifically target areas of your home that are most susceptible to activity.

While homeowners rarely find termites until the damage is done here are some things to consider when inspecting areas of your home regularly.

Educate Yourself

Educate yourself about the types of pests such as termite that could be infesting your home.  Research the difference between ants and termites so you can spot the difference. Termites in New England Homes can cause severe damage. Pest-End Exterminators utilizes the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System to combat termites. This protect your home from the damages termites can cause. Once this system is installed, your home is safeguarded and termites cannot infiltrate this ring.

Look for the Evidence

There may be clues that you already have a termite problem.  Look for “mud tubes”  running from the soil to above-ground wood. These are small enclosed passages ways or tubes that termites build when they have exhausted their supply of wood and are search for more. While working in your garden or mulch beds, pay attention to a significant number of small white bugs in the soil as they may be termites.  

Listen for Clues

Tap on the wood beams in your basement while doing regular inspections of your home.  Use a screwdriver to listen for sound of hollow wood.  A hollow sound would indicate a compromise of the wood structure.

If any of these clues send up a red flag or if you would like to know for sure about the hidden threats to your home get the advice of a qualified inspector.

 

If you’re experiencing termites in your home, there are steps you can take to ridding the home of your infestation. Start by reaching out to Pest-End Exterminators as soon as you notice any signs of termites. Our team will come and assess your situation, and get your home back to cleanliness and comfort.

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