Did you know that termites are responsible for causing over 5 billion dollars’ worth of damages to homes all across the United States? That is a lot of damage for a very tiny insect to cause. This is why it is important for Savannah homeowners to understand what termites are, what the signs of their presence are, and why getting a termite inspection is vital to the safety of the home.
Termites are able to cause a substantial amount of damage because their handiwork usually takes place behind the scenes. Think of the “Wizard of Oz” and the man behind the curtain. Subterranean termites live in underground nests and travel from their nesting area to food sources in underground tunnels. When they get into homes and start feeding on its structural wood, they do so from the inside out. This is why they can sometimes go unnoticed for months or even years. It is not until a homeowner starts to see signs of their damages that they realize they have a problem.
Signs of termites and their damages include:
Mud tunnels- Subterranean termites use mud tunnels just under the surface of the ground to travel in. If termites are present on your property you may notice mud tunnels that are about the width of a pencil running towards your home.
Splintering/blistering- After time walls that have termite infestations behind them will start to appear blistered, cracked, splintered and weak. When you tap on the wall the sound it creates will sound hollow.
Warping- Doors, floors, and ceilings will start to appear warped.
Swarms- Several times a year the mature reproductive members of a termite colony will swarm from the nest in order to find a mate and create a new colony. Seeing the flying termites or piles of their wings that they leave behind after a swarm are sure fire signs that there is a mature termite colony living close to or in your home.
Since it can take a period of time to notice termites on your property, it is essential to a home’s longevity to have routine termite inspections completed. Having a termite inspection completed by a trained, certified, licensed expert will give you peace of mind of that your home is safe from these destructive pests. A professional can also aid in resolving any current termite infestations. The faster treatment begins the less damages have a chance to occur.
At McCall Service we also want you to understand how important a termite inspection is when purchasing or selling a home. When looking to purchase a new home or selling your old home you should always have a separate termite inspection completed. You should not rely on a traditional home inspector to alert you of a termite problem. A certified termite inspector will know all the areas where these tiny, tricky pests can hide. Finding out about termite damage has the potential to save you much time, money and headaches in the future.
For more information about termites, termite inspections, and termite treatments in Savannah, contact the experts at McCall Services. Our professional will be happy to give you information about the termite control services available in your area!