There is no doubt that your home is one of your biggest investments. Afterall. it is a place where you live, stay protected and make beautiful memories with your family. However, there are times when your most prized possession can suffer from certain damages. These can wreck your home and give you a lot of stress. One of the biggest damages that home’s in Tennessee face is termite damage.
If you live in Tennessee then you are no stranger to these little creatures. Termites do serious damage to a home and can cause lasting, irreparable harm if you don’t get treatment.
We understand how they can affect you and your home. This is why we have created this guide for you. Keep reading for more information about termite damage and how to protect yourself against them.
What Are Termites And How Does It Look?
Everyone’s heard of these little creatures, but not many people can actually identify them. These are wood and cellulose-eating insects that can cause a lot of damage to your home over time. These insects can eat your entire home if you’re not careful and keep them in check.
They are small, wingless social insects that are closely related to cockroaches. They live in colonies and thrive in warm, moist environments. There are an estimated 2,700 species of termites that have been identified. They are found in every continent, be it North America, Europe, or Australia, and can live in nearly every type of habitat.
The termites can be workers or swarmer kinds. The swarmers are the ones that can reproduce. They are dark in color and are 4 mm in length. They can also have wings.
Workers, also called soldiers, do not reproduce, these are white/cream in color. As the word suggests, these workers do all the work and create nests and passages.
Types Of Termites
Though there are many species of these termites, these are generally classified into three broad categories in North America. You will find one or all of these depending on the area you reside in.
Termite Inspection: What Is It?
‘Prevention is better than cure’, we have all heard this saying and this implies home maintenance as well. The first step in treating the damaging effects of termites is a termite inspection. If you are moving to a new home or want to make sure that your existing home has no damage, then an inspection can be of great help.
It is highly recommended that you hire a professional pest/termite control contractor for an inspection. This service will allow you to identify problem areas so that you can take preventive measures and further investigate any potential issues.
To identify these creatures’ activity, a termite inspector will survey all accessible areas of a home or structure, not only for present infestation but also to review potential hot spots for future colonization.
Parts That Need To Be Checked During An Inspection
Inspectors will go over the entire home, inside and out. The inspection will vary based on the home’s location — some common exterior areas to be looked at will include fences and other wood-manufactured structures. Whereas, on the inside, they will inspect the attic and crawl space, basement, etc. Let us look more closely at these areas.
If you’re building an outdoor structure out of wood, you must be careful to avoid termites. Wooden structures are a tasty treat for these insects, and if you don’t use products resistant to termites, your wood could fall apart. You need to be more attentive with areas such as decks or sheds. The inspector you hire should also check the roof fencing if there is any.
They love wood and go anywhere where you keep wood. Killing termites is hard enough, but trying to find them is even harder. Piles of wood, mulches, and tree trunks are some of the prime locations where you will have to look for them.
Termites are hard workers. They generally like to start from the foundation and then move upwards. Keep an eye on the mud tubes that are visible in the foundation. This means that these insects have made their way in.
They are typically attracted to the warm, moist environments created by cracks in the foundation, vents with poor seals, and doors. When you’re inspecting for termites, be on the lookout for any signs of an infestation as well as any places where they might get into your home — including gaps in the siding.
Windows and nearby areas can also serve as an entry place for termites. This is why it should also be checked during an inspection. When termite swarms appear they tend to lose their wings. These wings settle on the ground and the window panes.
What Should I Do Before A Termite Inspection?
From the above section, it is clear that the inspector will check almost every crucial aspect of your home for termites. Since your whole house will be involved you need to do the following before the inspection.
You should make sure that you remove all the important things present inside the home and keep them away till the inspection is completed. You should also move the furniture ahead so that the inspector is given full space to inspect thoroughly. Be ready to give access to the other areas of your home such as a garage, or basement as these make an important part that needs to be checked for termites.
Termite Control: Tips To Prevent Infestation?
According to many reports, termites are the biggest danger to your Tennessee home. The homeowners spend over 5 billion dollars for termite damage repairs. The amount is increasing with each year. You can avoid paying a huge sum by following some preventive measures. Some of them are given in the following section.
Keep Your Home Free From Leaks
There are several different kinds of things that can be done to prevent a termite attack. One of the most important things to do is to repair any leaks in your house as soon as you can. Why? Because they are heavily drawn to water and moisture. A leaky roof can lead to termites eating away at your wood.
Ensure That There Is Proper Ventilation
Extra moisture is never good for any part of your house. Moisture buildup not only leads to roof damage such as rotting and mold/mildew growth, but also increases the chances of termites. An airtight seal is crucial for any home’s moisture control. Whether it’s a house or a storage unit, the right ventilation on windows and doors can keep the moisture out. Proper ventilation and sealing can thus prevent infestation by termites as well as limit rots.
Keep Woodstacks Away From Your Home
We hope that now your are fully aware that how much the creatures love wood. You don’t want to give wood-loving termites any place to nest. If you want to keep them out of your house, there are a number of fast fixes you can use. First and foremost, keep all woodpiles at least 20 feet away from your house. This includes firewood, mulch piles, and other leftovers (if any). Make sure the exterior looks clean.
Repair The Cracks And Openings
Termites are very small in size. They are usually of just 3-4mm in length. Due to this, they can easily enter your home through the smallest of cracks. To prevent this you need to ensure that you repair these cracks as soon as possible. You can do this by using cement to fill the gaps and close the passage.
Make Use Of Termite Baits
In the past, it was common for termites to damage homes and buildings. Fortunately, there are many termite control products that can remedy the situation. Termite bait stations are one of them. These can act as a perfect prevention measure to control these little creatures. The stations are designed to lure them into the stations using bait so that they do not reach your home.
Does Your Tennessee Home Require Termite Inspection and Control Services?
You might be thinking that you can do the inspection on your own. But a termite inspection from a qualified professional contractor such as Jamison Pest and Lawn is advisable. Why? Because our personnel is trained to inspect the house. They possess years of experience. Also, due to high capabilities, our expert inspectors can detect damage that may not be visible to you at first glance.
Not only inspection, but we also offer termites control programs. Our exterminators provide liquid treatment services. A protective barrier is created that prevents them from attacking your home. We also offer new construction termite treatment that can give your new home protection.
So if you need any help with these services and want to make your home, free from termites then contact us today at (901) 452-1505. We will be happy to help.