As a homeowner, you should be thinking about termites. Did you know that termites and similar pests can cause upwards of $30 billion in damages each year to houses, structures and crops? What’s worse, the average homeowner who finds termites in his or her house will spend at least $3,000 or more to get rid of them and to repair the damage they leave behind.
Simply put, termites are an expensive houseguest.
This is why having your home regularly inspected for termites is a necessary part of your home maintenance plan. But what can you do to prepare for an inspection like this, and what should you know? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Termites Leave a Trail
Having your home inspected just in case is always a smart move, but if you’ve noticed signs of an infestation, then it’s important than you get someone out there as soon as possible, because literally every minute matters! What are the signs? Look for things like:
- Piles of wings. Many species of termites leave behind body parts as debris. If you’ve noticed a lot of tiny insect wings on the ground in a specific spot, this is definitely a sign of an infestation.
- Mud tubes and build up. Another sign is the mud tubes a termite will build from the ground along the side of your house (usually on the foundation).
- Swiss cheese wood. If a section of your wall starts to crumble and the wood behind it looks like it’s been chewed on, it probably has.
Inspectors Need Space
Because termites live in your walls and other isolated spaces, they can be hard to find. An inspector needs a clear path to your attic, your crawlspaces and your walls. To make the job easier, spend a little time clearing away debris and moving furniture. It will not only make the inspection go faster, it will also make it easier for the inspector to do a more thorough job of assessing your home.
Termites Can Cost
This is what most people think of when it comes to termites -- how much will it cost? The answer is it’s hard to say, because every infestation is different The one thing that’s certain, though, is that the longer you wait, that cost will just keep skyrocketing. As unpleasant as it might be, it only gets worse if you don’t deal with it now.
If you would like to schedule an inspection now to get ahead of any potential problems, please contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.