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Termites Cause Billions in Property Damage Each Year


Subterranean termites are one of the most common termite species found in North America, and are responsible for the most structural damage caused by pests year after year. Termites are capable of causing significant damage to the foundation of a structure in a short period of time. Termites construct mud tunnels in order to protect them during trips above ground. New termite colonies are usually formed in the spring through summer months when mating swarms become active.  To keep your home protected from damages caused by termites pest control professionals implement one or more specific methods of treatment structure and the soil.

During the average year, subterranean termites will cause between $1 billion to $2 billion in property damages.  Termite  damage generally is not covered by a homeowners insurance policy.  For the untrained eye, termite infestations frequently remain undetected until the signs of obvious damage have occurred. Many believe that termites only infest aging homes or structures, however termites frequently infest new buildings shortly after construction. Structural damage caused by termites can be prevented by routine inspections and an effective treatment plan in place. A professional termite evaluation serves two purposes, the first outlining current termite activity and known damages and the second describing conditions present which may be of concern to future termite activity, such as poor drainage, or wood that is in direct contact with soil. By addressing these potential threats or areas of concern, the pest management professional can stop termite infestation, which saves money from expensive structural repair.

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