Termites. Every homeowner’s nightmare. Nothing is worse than having to vacate your home while it is covered in the embarrassing circus-like tent for fumigation. Prevention is always the best measure to take but if you detect that there may be termites making a meal out of your home, you are going to want to take action immediately.
The majority of the time when people find termites, it is too late, and they have already done a significant amount of damage.
According to the nationwide known pest control company Terminex, the average cost for termite repairs is slightly above $8,000. Yeah, that’s a huge problem because not many of us have that kind of money to fork over to fix a problem we never expected in the first place. If you’re wondering if your homeowners policy is going to cover the termites the answer is almost always no. Lets look at how you can detect if there are currently termites in your home, how you can fix the problem, and how to prevent it from happening.
Signs of Termites
If you suspect you have termites in your home then here are a few key signs that should tell you if you are right or wrong. If you happen to see flakes of wood in the window sill that may look shaved off you or chipped, you could have a problem. Try knocking on the wood of your walls and if it doesn’t feel sturdy or seems hollow then you may have termites. The main way to tell if you have termites or not is by looking around for discarded wings. If you see little wing clippings laying around with no bodies then you definitely have termites.
How To Get Rid of Termites
Okay, so there are certain home methods out there that you can use to treat termites such as setting up cardboard traps or using boric acid. However, I don’t recommend this at all. Your house is most likely the most important possession you have in life and you don’t want to lose it because you decided not to spend a little bit of money to have a professional come look at your house.
I highly recommend getting a couple of different quotes from pest control companies and choosing one to come out and evaluate your house. They will let you know what damage has been done and what you are going to need to do to fix the problem.
How To Prevent Termites From Returning
The most important way to prevent termites is to make sure that the foundation of your house is not directly touching the soil at all. Termites are attracted to two things in general. Wood and water, and when they are combined you are asking for trouble.
If you have any type of debris or a large amount of wood laying around your house it is suggested to move it somewhere further away so that the termites are further away as well. Also, try and keep all sprinklers and water away from the foundation of your house as termites tend to stick around water and wood.
Whether you have had termites before, are treating them now, or are trying to prevent them from ever entering your house it is important to always remember the simple steps I listed above to insure that you never have to deal with them. If you are going to remember one thing, remember that termites love wood, and the closer you keep wood to your house the bigger risk you’re taking of inviting them in as guests!
This article was written by Colin Quinn. Colin has been doing home improvement on homes in FL for the past 5 years and has been contributing content for CFL Insurance for the past year.