One of the last things any homeowner wants to hear is that they have a termite infestation. Termites are the most expensive pest to dispose of and they have the potential to wipe out any equity in your home you may have. Termites can destroy the structural integrity of your house and leave you with heavy repair costs.
Common Termite Species
The three most common termite species are the Subterranean, Dry wood and Formosan. The subterranean termite typically swarms from February to May. This species most popular swarm time occurs during the earliest hours of the day. The dry wood termite is often found in old tree trunks, sheds and dried out decks. The dry wood termite swarms during the day in the hot summer season. The Formosan termite does not require constant soil contact to survive. These termites are known to build above ground nests, called cartons, in locations where there is optimal temperature and moisture sources. These cartons can be located in attics and walls. Formosan termites are the most destructive termite species in the United States. They form the largest colonies of any other species. These colonies cause extensive damage because they contain millions and millions of termites. Formosan termite damage can be found in many different places, from dead trees to live trees, homes, buildings, boats and crops.
Termites: Wood Destroyers
Termites are tiny wood destroying machines that are relentless at causing chaos to our everyday living. They are capable of destroying a home’s structural timbers. Posts, floor supports, ceiling supports, subfloors and wall studs have all fallen victim to the powerful wood eating jaw of the mighty termite. Not only do they decimate structural timbers, termites are also no strangers to causing havoc in drywall, paneling, carpet and even your favorite pieces of furniture.
There are a handful of common signs that can alert you to termite damage in your home or on your property. These termite warning signs include wood that sounds hollow when tapped, jammed doors or windows, damaged wood that crumbles easily, bubbling or peeling paint, tiny holes in your dry wall, laminate floors that bubble up or sag, hard wood floor slats that pop up, loose tiles and discolored or sagging sheetrock.
It is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. Calling a professional pest control expert like Houston Pest Control is the best way to keep your home safe and rid of termites. A termite protection program is designed to give you peace of mind. Keep termites away from your home and keep your house at its top dollar value.