You searched for the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood, making one of the largest financial investments you’ll ever make in your lifetime. Unfortunately, termites have also been searching for the perfect home and they can destroy that investment by causing major damage before you even know they’re there.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), it is estimated that termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year. Massey Services, the nation’s fifth largest pest prevention company wants to help you protect your investment by sharing some facts about termites.
Mid-February to early May marks the height of Subterranean termite swarm season, but they can swarm anytime during the year if they’re looking for a new source of food, water and shelter, or the colony is disturbed. Throughout the year they may be hidden in the woodwork, destroying your home. They feed on cellulose, including structural timbers, flooring, doors and doorframes, window trim, and even pieces of furniture. Preventive treatment with a damage repair guarantee is critical and is recommended because every home is at risk.
A pest prevention professional is trained to know the signs of termite infestation. Massey Services, a leader in pest prevention offers these tips to help homeowners spot signs of termite activity:
- Check around windowsills and door thresholds. If you find an accumulation of insects with wings or only the discarded wings from termites in your home, it’s a likely sign you have an infestation.
- Look for mud tubes along the foundation of your home. Termites prefer dark, moist conditions, so they construct mud tubes from the earth as they make their way into the interior of your home. Once they gain access, they eat away at the structural composition and contents of your home.
- Look for small exit holes in drywall. When reproductive termites swarm, they often create small holes to fly out of. As they emerge from the walls in the home, they fly toward light sources such as windows, doors or skylights.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your home from termites. Massey Services will provide a free, thorough inspection of your home and termite protection that is backed by one of the best guarantees in the industry. Contact us for a free inspection today.