Subterranean termites are one of the most costly threats to your home, causing over a billion dollars in damage to homes throughout the United States each year. That is more damage than is caused by fire, flood, and other natural disasters combined. Since most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage, it is necessary to take the proper steps to protect your home.
While termites are more prevalent in the southern regions of the United States, there is no geographical area that is without risk of termite infestation. As virtually all homes are built on a wooden frame, the possibility of termite activity exists at some point. No matter what separates the wood from the soil, including concrete slabs, termites can work their way into the structure through an opening as small as 1/64 of an inch, or about the thickness of a standard credit card.
Once termites have worked their way into a structure, they can be very difficult to detect without the assistance of a trained professional. Termite swarming is the most obvious sign of activity. However, swarming lasts for a brief period, usually less than an hour, and sometimes does not happen at all. Because there are so few visible warning signs, termite activity and the resulting damage can go undetected for years. Termites seldom break through the surface of wood but instead hollow it out from the inside, making most of the damage invisible. Termite damage can lead to wood and plaster cracks, sagging floors, and loosened wood trim, siding or wallboards. If the underlying termite problem is not resolved, you may find major structural damage has occurred and costly repairs to your home are necessary.
Termites are highly organized, efficient and persistent pests. They live in colonies in the soil and are attracted to moist areas in the home such as basements and crawl spaces. While the colony revolves around the king and queen, whose only purpose is to reproduce, the worker termites travel between the colony and sources of nourishment. Those sources of nourishment include wood fibers and other forms of cellulose that they eat, digest, and share with other members of the colony. Unfortunately, termites do not know the difference between the wood in your home and the trees outside.
Dodson Bros. protects your home against termites by applying a product called Termidor. Termidor is a pesticide that is applied in the ground around and underneath your home. After Termidor is applied to the soil, the termites that come into contact with it become carriers. Every termite this carrier contacts with have Termidor transferred to it. Termidor works gradually with every carrier and all the termites it contacted, affecting many others before each one slowly dies. Termidor has proven to be the most effective termiticide available.
Common signs of termite infestation are: Wings near doors and windows, mud tunnels near the foundation or swarming termites near light sources. It takes a licensed, trained professional to spot termite damage.
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