Termite 101- Everything you need to know about Termites to How to Rid Your Home
Should I Worry About Termites?
Homeowners across the nation spend billions of dollars to rid their homes of termites that are found to be silently munching. The process to rid the infestation of termites can be emotionally as well as expensive.
Is there a certain time of the year that they are worse?
Yes, between March and May when the Swarming colonies try to get into your home to start new colonies. They only need 1/32 of an inch to enter.
What should I look for?
Termites look like swarming ants but their waist and antennas are straight and their wings are all the same size. Many times you will see fine wood shavings at the baseboards or in the window sills. Termites are attracted to the light so many times it is easy to spot them near the doors or windows. Sometimes you will see mud tunnels that are about the size of a pencil and they will make these tunnels to get from the trees into the houses.
What if termites are in the wood piles, tree trunks or on a fence? Does that mean my house is infested?
No, but it is something you need to have checked out and perhaps get rid of the infested wood on the property. When buying new fence panels, look to make sure there are not any termites embedded into the wood.
Can I treat the termite myself or do I have to hire a company?
There are some kits in home improvement stores but rarely are they effective and you will probably not be able to tell yourself. Professional termite companies will come with special equipment and inject Termiticide into the foundation, along side of it and/or into the foundational walls.
How long does a professional treatment last?
Many professional companies guarantee their work for a year or more. This is a question you want to ask when they come out and give you a bid. Many will offer a follow-up visit when nearing the end of the year to see if the home needs to be treated again. If the treated area is confined, the termites should stay gone up to five (5) years.
Is there anything I should do to keep the termites away?
Yes, make sure the trees are not hanging over your roof, keep piled up wood away from the house and do not let the outsides get wet all the time at the base of the home. It is probably not good to house our your garage weekly or monthly but instead sweeping is highly recommended as an alternative.
Do many homes have termites?
Yes, 1 in 30 are affected and need to be treated in the US.The problem, if ignored will get worse and your home may have to be tented instead.
Should I wait until I am ready to sell my house to have it inspected? No, and many companies will give you a free inspection to make sure you are termite free.
I am ready to sell my house so should I call a termite company myself?
No, usually your real estate agent will recommend a few good local companies and a report is only good for 90 days so let your agent tell you when to call.
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