If termites have taken up residence in your Tampa home, you'll know it, right? Well, not necessarily. There is good reason why these pests are called silent destroyers. Termites will often go undetected for long periods of time without leaving any noticeable signs. Consider what happened in our nation's capital. In February of 1998, termite swarmers were found on the inside walls of the West Wing, a mere 30 feet from the Oval Office. Since they were found inside, this means that those termites came from within the White House walls, and since it takes at least two or three years for a termite colony to mature and produce swarmers, well, you do the math.
The truth of the matter is termites cost United States home and business owners more than $5 billion annually. And most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover termite damage.
Although you cannot be certain that your home is free of termites without a professional inspection, here are some signs you can look for:
Mud tunnels on or near your foundation walls. Subterranean termites need protection from the drying effects of the sun and wind, so they will build mud tubes from the soil to the wooden parts of your home. If you see these pencil-width tunnels, break a piece off, then check back in a day or two. If it has been rebuilt, then you have an active termite infestation.
Buckling wood, swollen floors, and jammed doors or windows are all possible termite signs.
Areas that look like they have been water damaged may actually be caused by termites.
Tiny pinpoint holes in drywall are an indication that you may have drywood termites.
Hollow wood. Use a hammer to tap along walls and support beams. If there are spots that sound hollow, you may have termites.
Sounds coming from your walls such as a dry rattle or a papery rustling. When termites are threatened or disturbed, they will communicate by banging their heads against their tunnel walls. If you press your ear up against a wall that is infested, you may be able to detect these sounds.
As was the case with the termites in the White House, it is possible for termites to destroy property for several years before there are any signs of their presence. The best way to protect your home against these pests is to be on the offensive, before it is too late. With McCall Service, you can. For a low monthly payment, McCall will kill those termites before they can feed on your home, and we will do this without having to do any drilling or digging of trenches around your home. If you want to learn more about how McCall can protect your home from termites, contact us and ask about our $1,000,000 termite damage repair warranty for homes that qualify. Call McCall. We do it all!