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Why Are Termites So Devastating to Your Home?

Termites. If you’re a homeowner, you live in fear of these tiny bugs, knowing that spotting even one near your home could be a sign of potentially huge danger. However, those who are not homeowners or who don’t know just what these pests are capable of may not realize what the big deal is. How can such a seemingly harmless creature cause so much fear and dread?

If this is how you feel, odds are you’ve never seen what a colony of termites is capable of. Termites are rarely alone, and in fact are usually a sign of an infestation nearby that’s either already in your walls or searching for their next food source. What do they eat? Wood. The wood that’s in your walls, ceiling, floors, furniture, and more is the ideal food source for an army of termites to make themselves at home in your home.

Damage Statistics

As termites eat away the structure in your walls, the structure becomes weaker and weaker, potentially leading to failure and collapse. Homes with severe termite damage may even be deemed uninhabitable by home inspectors due to their major structural weakness that makes living in a home a serious hazard on its own.

Termites are a massive problem for homes around the country. It’s estimated they impact as many as 600,000 homes every single year across the United States. Across those 600,000 homes, termites are the root of approximately $30 billion in damage each year, or an average of roughly $50,000 in damage in each home! It’s no wonder that the termite control and damage mitigation is a $5 billion industry each year.

What to Do About Termites

The average termite colony contains as many as 60,000 termites, and that number can completely consume a one-foot segment of 2”x4” wood in as little as six months. However, the damage usually spreads faster than that—termites usually tunnel into wood to foster and grow their colonies further, which further weakens the wood and places your home at an even greater risk. On top of that, some large termite colonies can contain populations in the hundreds of thousands of bugs, or even in the millions! At that rate, a colony could eat through all of the wood in an average home in as little as a few months to a year!

Any evidence of a termite infestation is not something you should take lightly. If you think your home may contain termites, you need to have it inspected by a highly-trained and certified Knoxville termite control expert. A professional can not only determine if your home has been infected with termites, but can review the extent of the damage and recommend a strategy for getting rid of the problem.

Just because you didn’t have termites in your home when you bought it doesn’t mean you are immune from getting them now; far too many homeowners don’t have their home checked for termites regularly, and are shocked to learn that not only do they have termites, but they may have tremendous damage in their walls from them. Don’t wait until you’re ready to sell your home to arrange for an inspection; if you haven’t had your home checked in the last few years, call Preferred Pest, Termite and Turf Management to schedule one.

Preferred Pest, Termite and Turf Management also offers a range of subterranean termite protection that can keep your home safe and secure. The Sentricon® System creates a protective perimeter around your home using strategically-placed ground stakes that are armed with termite bait that’s harmless to your lawn, landscape and foundation. A Sentricon® system is backed by a lifetime, fully-transferrable warranty, making it an invaluable protection for your home.

Schedule your termite inspection or control appointment by calling Preferred Pest, Termite and Turf Management today at (865) 234-4008!

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