Termites are a concern for homeowners in 49 of the 50 states. In any given year termites damage more homes than fire. The cost of termite damage is about twice that of storm damage and have the following attributes:
- Termites can hollow out wood beams, gut walls and reduce wood floors or trim to a paper-thin veneer. Termites will roam 300 feet or more beyond their colonies in search of food.
- They build mud/shelter tubes in which to travel. These are composed of particles of soil, wood or debris. These tubes can vary in thickness from narrow exploratory tubes to passageways as thick as your arm.
- Just because you don’t see termites doesn’t mean they’re not there.
- Termites work behind the scenes. They rarely break through the surface of wood, preferring to hollow it out.
As a result, you might never see them, or any evidence of them, until you discover that serious damage has been done to your home.