Why are termites bad for homes?
Termites can be very beneficial to the environment. They break down wood and other substances, helping to return nutrients to the soil. The problem is that feed mostly on wood and if they get into your home, they can do severe damage to the structure and stability of your house.
Most of the Southeast has a high population of subterranean and other termite species and Jacksonville, FL is no exception. The weather is warm and the ground is wet, which all equals “good for termites.” Also, unlike most of the northeast, the ground never freezes and the termite population are not kept in check the way they might be in say NY.
The worst part about it is, termites can do a massive amount of damage before you even know they are there. They can destroy the structure of a house without ever breaking out into sight. They feed right behind drywall and underneath paint and you may not even know they are there until it is too late.
It is important for all homeowners to have thorough inspections done of their property on a regular basis to protect against infestation. However, if you own a property that has been infested…. the damage may be catastrophic and the cost to repair the home is excessive. Freedom Home Buyers can help. We deal with termite damaged properties all the time and know how to assess the damage and see the value left in the property.
Here are some signs to look for if you think you might have termites.
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Some Warning Signs To Look For!
Structural property damage
Homes constructed primarily of wood are not the only structures threatened by termite activity. Homes made from other materials may also host termite infestations, as these insects are capable of traversing through plaster, metal siding and more. Termites then feed on cabinets, floors, ceilings and wooden furniture within these homes.
Because termites are often not identified before considerable damage has occurred, it is advised that homeowners experiencing a termite infestation contact a pest control professional before attempting to address the problem on their own. Professionals will conduct an inspection in order to correctly identify the problem and will then discuss possible avenues of treatment with homeowners.
Signs of subterranean termite damage
Subterranean termites dwell underground in loose, damp soil. Although subterranean termite species in Africa are famously aggressive and known for the obvious mounds above their colonies, signs of subterranean termite damage within the United States are much less obvious.
Interior damage may not become apparent until infestations are full-blown. Termite damage sometimes appears similar to water damage. Outward signs of termite damage include buckling wood, swollen floors and ceilings, areas that appear to be suffering from slight water damage and visible mazes within walls or furniture. Termite infestations also can exude a scent similar to mildew or mold.
Subterranean termites also access above-ground food sources through mud tunnels they create from saliva, mud and feces. These tunnels are located near the foundation of infested homes.
Signs of drywood termite damage
Drywood termites build their colonies within wooden structures on which they feed. They can be found inside of walls or furniture. Drywood termite infestations may only become apparent after a colony has burrowed so deeply into an infested item that the veneer cracks and the maze-like tunnels beneath become visible. Such damage is common in antique furniture pieces. Should this occur on new furniture or the floors or walls of your home, contact a pest control professional to discuss the severity of your infestation, as well as extermination options.
* Termites are especially prevalent in the Jacksonville area. Avondale, Riverside, Ponte Vedra, The Beaches, Fleming Island, Orange Park, Arlington, Southside, St. Johns, Mandarin, San Marco, San Jose and Baymeadows.
So where does that leave you… the homeowner?
If you find yourself with a home that has termite damage, there are some important actions to take and answers to get before deciding on what to do with a property.
Stop the infestation: This can be difficult if you aren’t able to tell where the termites are coming from. They can have multiple entrances and tunnels through beams and wood that are invisible to the person inspecting. Any wood to ground contact is an especially likely site of termite infestation.
Determine the extent of the damage: The worst thing about termite damage is that you often don’t know about it until you uncover it. The process can be like peeling back an onion. Layer after layer of damage. With each new sheet of drywall you look behind you find more extensive damage.
At this point you will have to weigh the information you have gathered. The cost to repair termite damage can be excessive and sometimes it is more profitable for you to sell the home. Freedom Home Buyers can get you a FAST, FREE, FAIR CASH OFFER on your home in just a few minutes. All you have to do is take the first step… and we can handle it from there. Give us a call today or fill out the form on this page. Let us help you get rid of the headaches and get back to your life.
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A portion of this article (in the grey area above) was borrowed, edited and paraphrased from articles originally published on ORKIN’s Website. (Clear here to view the original article.)
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