What do you think is the biggest threat to your Florida home? Hurricane damage? Some think so. Hurricanes are definitely a threat. As you're reading this, hopefully hurricane Joaquin has passed us by. But what if it didn't? What if it tracked back toward the state? Is your home insured to cover hurricane damage? We hope so. Hurricanes can do a ton of damage.
Here's some food for thought. Do you know that termites cause more damage to property in the U.S. than hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes combined? It's true. Property owners pay out billions each year in termite damage. If your home isn't protected, now is a good time to start thinking about it.
Ways you can protect your home from termites:
When termites come, they will come as winged queens and kings. Winged termites are not a species of termites but a caste of termite. When a termite colony matures it produces this reproductive caste to go out and form new colonies.
Know what a winged termite looks like. If you see a black insect with large white wings that stack on their backs and appear as one wing, you're looking at a termite reproductive.
Know that winged termites come in swarms. If you see a swarm of insects near your home, pay close attention.
Know the signs that a swarm has come. Swarms do not last long. Sometimes the only sign you'll have are the shed wings left on your window sills and back deck.
Prepare for termite swarmers. Those winged reproductives are looking for the perfect place to "settle down." Don't give them one. Make sure you don't have wood or moisture near your exterior walls and if you have any places where the wood of your home makes contact with the soil, get that fixed. Subterranean termites make their home in soil that is near a food source (wood).
What McCall can do to protect your home:
After you've made your home less attractive to termites, consider going one step further and getting professional termite protection. At McCall, we use the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System that is widely considered by national experts to be the most effective termite protection available. It monitors for termite activity and works to kill them before they enter a home and start to destroy it. In Florida, that is real peace of mind.
If you'd like to know more about termite protection, give us a call at McCall. We can't do much about those hurricanes, but our team has a strong track record of guarding Florida homes and business from termites. Let us help you protect yours.