5 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Termites

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http://hopperenvironmentalservices.com/ - Each and every year, termites cause BILLIONS of dollars in damage to US homes & businesses. Have you prepared your home or business to fight the dreaded termite? Here are 5 important things to know about termites. And if you think you may have a termite problem, contact Hopper Environmental Services. Hopper will thoroughly inspect your property and create a treatment plan to eliminate your termite problem.

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5 Things Every Homeowner Needs To Know About Termites:

5 Things Every Homeowner Needs To Know About Termites

The Scope of the Problem:

The Scope of the Problem Termites are a $2 billion problem. Every year, they spend their time eating through homes and businesses, leaving only chaos behind. Are you ready? Do you know what you should about termites ?

#1 – Termite Survival:

#1 – Termite Survival Termites require just three things for survival – water, food, and soil. They can find all of those items around your home, but there are ways to make your home slightly less attractive. For example, eliminating leaky faucets and pipes and vegetation too close to your home could help to make certain you stay away from termite problems.

#2 – Two Varieties:

#2 – Two Varieties There are two basic kinds of termites – subterranean and drywood . Drywood termites tend to create damage that looks fairly smooth on the surface. Subterranean termites build mud tubes from the ground up into your home. Their level of damage is far more severe.

#3 – The Swarmers:

#3 – The Swarmers The first sign many notice are the swarmers , and while this is certainly a potential sign of a problem, it isn’t the problem itself. Swarmers are looking for a new colony. They don’t have the ability to eat wood or even sting. They’re just a nuisance. Occurring mostly in the spring, they’re a solid tip-off.

#4 – Warning Signs:

#4 – Warning Signs Outside of swarmers , there are actually a number of different potential warning signs that you have a termite infestation on your hands. You may see discarded wings around your home. You may also notice the mud tubes. If the infestation is too bad, you may also begin to notice sagging floors or doorways.

#5 – Termite Prevention is Possible:

#5 – Termite Prevention is Possible Owning a home doesn’t necessarily put you at risk for termite infestation. There are several things you can do to prevent the problem. Keep your home free of leaks. Keep mulch and vegetation away from the base of your home. You should also keep your wood pile several feet from your home. If you don’t, you’re just asking for an infestation.

Slow Going:

Slow Going Just because you notice you have a termite problem doesn’t mean that they’ve already made your home unlivable or even that it’s going to cost thousands to repair. Termites eat fairly slowly, so it is possible that you’ve caught them at an early phase.

Dealing with the Problem:

Dealing with the Problem The best thing you can do if you notice termites is to call in the professionals . They can assess the level of damage and come up with a way to get rid of the existing colony and prevent new ones from coming in.

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