How hungry would you have to be to consider eating a wood chip? Most people would sooner starve than try to fill their belly with anything that tasteless and uncomfortable to chew. Termites, however, cannot get enough of the stuff. They consume wood by the board and are constantly on the lookout for new structures, fallen trees, and wet cardboard to snack on. If you have never taken a moment to consider if your Houston home is at risk of a termite infestation, now is your time to do so. Here is everything you should know about subterranean termites, including what problems they bring to Houston area properties.
How Subterranean Termites Destroy Homes
Subterranean termites will not destroy your home in a week. They won’t even cause serious damage in a month. On average it takes these pests over a year for notable damage to occur. The reason for this is that termite colonies start small and grow over time. As colonies become mature, they send out swarmers to build new nests nearby. It is not uncommon for several colonies on a property to share a home for food. This is where the speed at which things are damaged pick up exponentially.
Now, we know what you are thinking. Wouldn’t I notice termites if they were in my home for a year? Probably not. Subterranean termites invade structures by tunneling underground and entering directly into structural wood, crawling up through foundation cracks, or building mud tubes. Once inside, these pests will stay within floors, walls, and ceilings, doing their best to stay quiet and out of sight. This allows them to cause damage, undetected, for months if not years.
Is Subterranean Termite Damage Covered By Homeowners Insurance?
One thing many homeowners don’t stop to think about is whether or not termite damage is covered by insurance. We are here to tell you that typically it is not. Home insurance agencies consider termite damage to be a “preventable disaster.” This means it is entirely your responsibility to protect your home against these destructive insects.
Are Subterranean Termites Dangerous?
The good news is that despite being incredibly destructive, termites are, for the most part, harmless to humans. Some species of drywood termites attribute to breathing problems with their dry, sawdust-like fecal droppings, but besides this, they pose no serious threats to human health.
Some Ways To Stop Subterranean Termites
Assuming your home is not currently under attack, there is still time for you to take action to prevent termites from invading in the future. To help with this, here are some prevention tips to try.
- Remove sticks, leaves, cardboard, newspaper, and other cellulose-based clutter from your property.
- Have stumps and fallen trees removed from your yard.
- Eliminate sources of water build-up around your property.
- Address issues with your home’s gutter systems.
- Clear back bushes and branches to create a five-foot dry zone around your home’s exterior.
- Fix leaky pipes and fixtures in and around your home.
- Repair or replace wood around your home that is water-damaged, decaying, or rotting.
What A Professional Can Do For You
There are many termite control service options that exist to help you with termite problems. We recommend, at the very least, having your Fort Worth home and property inspected. To make sure the job is done right, let the experts here at GreenForce Pest Solutions take a look. We will find out if termites are chewing their way through your home or looking to invade in the near future. If a problem is found, or if you are looking for a long-term option to make sure these pests stay outside, we can help. Call today to learn more.