You wouldn't think that a tiny insect, like the termite, could be much of a threat to a home. They are barely more than ¼ of an inch in length. How much wood can they possibly eat? Well, the problem with termites is that they don't feed on your home all by themselves. They come in large numbers. A single subterranean termite colony can have hundreds of thousands of individuals living in it. That is a lot of tiny little mouths. And those tiny little mouths will come over and over again to nibble away at your equity. But this is only one of many reasons termite can do a lot of damage to your home.
Termites Are Quiet
When most bugs infest a home, they don't do it quietly. They crawl on your walls, fly past your face, congregate on your window sills, and make a general nuisance of themselves. This is not the case with subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are moisture pests. If they come out into the air, they dry up and die. For this reason, they will live and feed almost exclusively inside the wood of your home or the ground outside, leaving very little indication that they are present on your property. And, while you spend your days thinking everything is fine, they'll spend their days, and nights, eating away tiny pieces of your home. That leads us to our next reason termites can do a lot of damage to your home.
Termites Don't Sleep
These insects are simple organisms. They do not require sleep to recharge. Under the right conditions, they can feed on a home 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And they don't need flashlights to do their job. Termite workers are born blind and equipped with all the instincts they need to do their job at peak proficiency without the need for sight.
Termites Leave Few Signs
When subterranean termites damage your home, they consume the evidence. Unlike carpenter ants, which push frass out of their tunnels, termites eat the wood and carry it back, inside their gut, to share with the other termites in their colony.
One of the first signs a homeowner sees is the appearance of flying termites, called swarmers. But these are sometimes mistaken for an impending infestation, rather than what they usually are, evidence of a mature colony on the property. It takes more than three years for a colony to mature. When it produces swarmers, a lot of damage is already done. And, if a homeowner sucks those flying termites up with a vacuum and ignores the issue, that mature colony will continue to feed. Worse still, it is likely that some swarmers survived the vacuum incident and established another colony on the property.
The most obvious sign of subterranean termites is usually not obvious at all. These insects must build mud tubes on foundation walls in order to travel from the soil into the home. While these mud tubes are an obvious indication that termites are feeding on the home, they're usually created in hard to see places, like crawl spaces, areas under porches and decks, behind bushes, and in other hard to get at locations.
How Much Damage Can Termites Do To Your Property?
Over time, these insects can completely total a home. Walls will begin to bulge, floors will begin to sag, ceilings will begin to dip, and the structure will begin to warp. Even when termites are caught early, the damage they do is inside the wood is hard to track and it is difficult to know how significant the damage is.
Homes Are Not The Only Property That Can Be Damaged By Termites
These insects are equal opportunity infestors. Not only do they present a threat to homes, they can damage businesses as well. There is nothing unique about a home. Termites are just as attracted to the wood of a business building.
At Innovative Pest Control, we protect homes and businesses from the threat of termites through the application and maintenance of the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. Sentricon has a proven track record of stopping these wood-destroying pests and the colonies that send them, even as they attack a structure. Reach out to us today to learn about the Sentron System, and how its Always Active technology can protect your property from termite damage – all day, every day.