Chomp, chomp, chomp. You would never be able to hear it, but thousands of termites could be eating away through your home and unseen and unknown until it’s too late. Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper without being detected. As a result of their stealth nature, termites cause billions of dollars in property damage every year. Typically termite damage is not covered by homeowners’ insurance.
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas above ground that can contain up to 2 million members. They build distinctive “mud tubes” to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open air. Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species of termite as they can eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Drywood termites are primarily found along the coastal areas from South Carolina westward to Texas and along the west coast of California. Unlike some other termite species, drywood termites infest dry wood such as attic framing and do not require contact with the soil.
Regardless of the species, termites are destructive and can cost you lots of money in unexpected home repairs. There are a few things a homeowner can do to help prevent termite infestation. Use caulking to fill any small holes or cracks in your basement. Seal around windows and utility vest to prevent termites from gaining entry to your home. Have your home insulation with InCide® Pest Control Insulation. InCide® combines cellulose insulation with a safe and effective pest control additive and provides continuous pest control protection. It works directly in the walls, attics and foundations where termites infiltrate and live and kills termites upon contact with the insulation. You should have routine evaluations performed by a professional pest management company.