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Should I Really Be Scared About Termites?

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There is no centralized agency or scientific organization that tracks termite data and damage in the United States, hence the statistical data in this article is taken from infestations reported to state agriculture agencies and academic experts. It is also important to note that, since termites can live inside homes without any signs of infestation, it is impossible to accurately gauge the true extent of termite damage nationwide. That being said, here are the conservative estimates on termites damage caused by Formosan, subterranean, damp-wood and dry-wood termites.
Each year in the United States, property owners pay out over $5 billion to control and repair termite damage. An estimated 600,000 residential homes are affected. Homeowners who discover termite damage pay out an average of $3,000 to repair those damages. And, in rare cases, some homes are unrepairable.
These insects can attack a wood structure from the ground, and from the air. Once inside, they eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When we expand the above figures to account for all wood damaging pests and all types of man-made structures and crops that $5 billion figure becomes $30 billion. Those are staggering numbers.
The amount of damage termites can do depends on a number of factors: the type of termite infesting your home, the size and number of colonies, the type of wood being eaten, the condition of that wood, and the temperature inside and outside the structure. If you have a concrete home and live in Maine, you probably don't have to worry about termites. But, if you own property with wood in it anywhere near New Orleans, Termite insurance is a necessity. Termites101.org offers a helpful map to determine the threat level of termites in your area. Take a peek.
So, what do you think? Should you be scared about termites? Contact a professional pest management company and get an inspection. They can show you ways to exclude termites and other home destroying insects from your home, outline options for protecting your family from property damage and illnesses spread by pests, and show you entry points where insects can get in. With modern pest management, you can protect your home and family from pests. Get plugged in today.

Each year in the United States, property owners pay out over $5 billion to control and repair termite damage. An estimated 600,000 residential homes are affected. Homeowners who discover termite damage pay out an average of $3,000 to repair those damages. And, in rare cases, some homes are unrepairable.

These insects can attack a wood structure from the ground, and from the air. Once inside, they eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When we expand the above figures to account for all wood damaging pests and all types of man-made structures and crops that $5 billion figure becomes $30 billion. Those are staggering numbers.

The amount of damage termites can do depends on a number of factors: the type of termite infesting your home, the size and number of colonies, the type of wood being eaten, the condition of that wood, and the temperature inside and outside the structure. If you have a concrete home and live in Maine, you probably don't have to worry about termites. But, if you own property with wood in it anywhere near New Orleans, Termite insurance is a necessity. Termites101.org offers a helpful map to determine the threat level of termites in your area. Take a peek.

So, what do you think? Should you be scared about termites? Contact a professional pest management company and get an inspection. They can show you ways to exclude termites and other home destroying insects from your home, outline options for protecting your family from property damage and illnesses spread by pests, and show you entry points where insects can get in. With modern pest management, you can protect your home and family from pests. Get plugged in today.

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