There are 4 common types of termites: Dampwood termite, drywood termite, formosan termite and subterranean termite. They range in size from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long with soft- bodied with pale-colors.
Termites are nicknamed as “silent destroyers” because they can secretly hide and thrive in a home without any immediate signs of damage. They receive nutrients from cellulose which can be found in wood and plants. Termites are most popularly found in the tropical regions however, they can be found anywhere and reproduce most in the summer.
- Any cracked or bubbling paint
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Mud tubes on exterior walls
“Termites invade homes by crossing their colonies in yards to foundations.” Homeowners can get termites from:
- Wood structures.
- Firewood leaning against the home.
- Trees and shrubs planted close to the home.
Eliminating moisture and termite’s food source will help decrease chances of termites in your home. Termites are a constant threat but with these tips, we can ensure you lessen your chances with these preventive measures-
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and A/C units
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
- Keep all vents clear and open
- Remove the termites source of food-
- Keep firewood, lumber and/ or paper from foundations or places where termites can crawl
- Remove stumps near home
- Check decks and wooden exterior things such as fences for damage, and keep it updated.
PELLOT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
Depending on the variation of damage and the structure of the home has been compromised, you will most likely need a licensed contractor, engineer, and permitting. Pellot Construction Services offers complimentary estimates and would be more than happy to assist in repairing your home. Give us a call today, (407) 814- 4601.
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