Termites cause around $5 billion property damages and repair costs every year. Actually, termites are more dangerous than fires, floods and tornadoes compared to damages. Approximately, 4 million homes in the United States face the risk of infestation every year.
Termites are soft-bodied and pale insects almost one-quarter of an inch or less in length. With straight antennae, they have a head and body and their thorax is broadly joined to their abdomen.
It is amazing that a queen termite may live for a few decades. However, a worker termite may live from one to two years.
In reality, termites eat wood. Actually, termites play an important role helping wood be recycled to the soil. An organic material gives nutrients for plants and rises the ability of soil to retain water.
It is estimated termites have lived in 95% of all homes in Southern California and cause over 5 Billion dollars in property damage yearly. Keep in mind, even new wood from lumbar stores may be infected with termites. A preventative treatment will keep termites out in the short and long run, and to help to avoid costly repairs and/or treatments.
- An annual termite inspection is recommended to detect an early infestation
- Fix leaky roofs
- Grade soil so that water (including air-conditioning condensation) runs away from foundation
- Remove all wood to soil contact
- Repair leaking facets and water lines, both indoors and outdoors
- Ventilate crawl spaces and attics to reduce humidity
- Make any necessary wood repair, both indoor and outdoor, as soon as possible
- Pre-treat any new wood that will be placed in the home
- Live in a house made of concrete and/or brick only
It is estimate that termites cause an average of 5 billion dollars annually in the United States. For each individual home, repairs can range from $250 to $30,000 depending on the type of wood, the amount of damage in the home, and what kind of wood members they are. Keep in mind, subterranean termites cause the costly repairs since they live in the soil and damage the foundation first.
Winged termites are the most visible to the public. They look like ants with wings, some of which may have a red head. These termites are looking for a new breading area. You may not see the workers or the soldiers of the colony since they are sensitive to light and tend to work in the inner parts of the wood, but you may see their droppings! The droppings may look like sand and/or wood shavings. Another evidence is mud trails running along the bottom side of a wall, clear evidence of subterranean termites. Have a doubt? You can send us a picture of the evidence you have seen in your home via text or email!
A queen termite can live up to 25 years in ideal living conditions, laying up to 3,000 eggs a day! A worker and soldier termite, in the other hand, can live between 1 to 2 years. If no treatment is made within the 25 years that a queen can live, she can make new queens that can breed in new areas of a home and start the cycle all over again.
Fumigation is the quickest and most effective treatment that ensures all drywood termites in the home are killed. That being said, fumigation is not always necessary in a home if the termite infestation is minimum or the areas that are infected with termites are accessible for a local treatment. A thorough inspection of the home is necessary to be able to determine if a local treatment will take care of the infestation.
Yes. You do not want to invest in a property that is full of termites and/or termite damage! Even remodeled homes may have termites! (contractors can hide evidence of termites behind new drywall and/or a paint job). Also, many homeowners and/or home inspectors do not crawl in the subarea specifically looking for termite evidence or damage. It is best to hire a trusted termite company to do a full inspection of the property before you invest in a new home.
Yes. Unless you are selling the property “as is”, you should always get a termite inspection so you know the condition of home before you get any offers; this way you can negotiate the deal or correct the conditions to prevent escrow from NOT closing. If YOU avoid a termite inspection, a potential buyer may request a termite report while the home is in escrow, and if the home has an infestation, this may intimidate a buyer and potentially the buyer can back out of the deal. It is best to avoid headaches and save time by initiating your own termite inspection as soon as possible.