How much money have you put into your home or business? Is it thousands? Ten thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Owning property is a big investment. For some of you, it will be the largest investment you ever make. That is why it is so important to protect your investment from insect infestation. Termites cost property owners over $2 billion in damages annually. Some termite colonies are able to "total" a brand new house in under two years. And, the older the house, the more susceptible it is to termite infestation. Don't let your property be part of this statistic. Here is what you need to know about termites.
Termites come in swarms. If you see a cloud of insects flying through the air there is a good chance you're looking at termites. These insects can come in massive swarms. If you miss their swarming, you may find evidence that a swarm has come. They will leave thin, gossamer wings on window sills and other outside surfaces. And you may find exterior wooden objects whittled down.
Termites are attracted to light. If swarms come at night you will know it by the way they swarm around lights.
The most dangerous termites are drawn to soft and rotting wood. If you have drainage issues, you could be softening up the wood of your house for termite infestation. Make sure you keep gutters in good working order, and that water is being emptied away from your basement walls. Fill in any areas around your home that collect water. And fix any leaky spigots.
Some termites build mud tubes on foundation walls. Recognizing these vain-like mud tubes can give you a heads up when termites have infested your wall voids. Most subterranean termites require moisture from the soil and will travel in and out of a home through mud tubes on external basement walls.
Some termites eat dry fresh wood. If you have drywood termites you may find holes in your walls and window frames. These areas will be hollow when you knock on them, and hard pepper-like feces will be littered about.
Termites look like flying ants. If you find an insect with two long thin wings that are equal in length, you might want to look closely. If it is a flying ant, it will have three distinct body segments. If it is a termite, it will have one body segment and a bulbous head.
Termites are silent invaders. Many homeowners don't realize they have termites until the damage is done. These insects can silently devour the wood of a home or business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When purchasing a new home or business it is extremely important to hire a certified termite inspector. A home inspector is not qualified or trained to detect these insects. And you could end up with a money pit if you're not careful.
Owning property is a massive investment of money and time. Protect your investment, by keeping termites out. With modern termite prevention, there is no excuse to ever lose your equity to these wood eating insects.