It is important for homeowners to be aware of termites, as they are the leading cause of damage to the US homes. Experts estimate that termites damage more than 600,000 homes in the United States annually. This is more than all the damage caused by tornadoes, hurricanes, wind and hail storms combined. As it turns out, termites are also a very costly problem. Each year, U.S. residents spend an estimated $5 billion to control termites, and repair termite damage. Understanding what termites are, how they cause damage, and methods to prevent and control them, can spare your home a lot of damage and save you a lot of stress and money.
What are termites?
A termite is an insect that has been on around on our planet for more than 250 million years. In nature, termites serve the function of cleaning the environment by breaking down rotting wood. However, if given an opportunity, they can also cause extensive damage to homes by eating away at wood and sheet rock paper in the walls, ceilings and floors of homes.
Recognizing Termite Damage
Despite the fact that termite colonies can grow quite large, it may be difficult to recognize a presence of termites in your home without professional help from a termite specialist. Some signs of termite presence include: mud tubes, termite droppings, exit or kick out holes, termite wings, bubbling or peeling paint, and wood damage itself.