Why It's Important to Get a Termite Inspection
Termites can become a rapidly moving force of destruction through your home before you even know they are there. While it's true that it takes two to four years for a colony to mature and that they are more active during the winter, this doesn't mean termites are not a threat during the interim. The key to avoiding a serious problem is prevention, not reaction. Annual inspections are vital to detecting problem zones in and around your home that attract termite colonies.
Where Are Termites?
There are more than 2,300 varieties of termites. Of that diverse population, roughly 50 varieties live within the U.S. and about 20 of those are active structural pests that could be hungry for your home.
Of these 20 varieties, three types are the most concerning:
- Drywood termites: This type favors dry wood and can be found in furniture, picture frames and woodwork. They exist in warmer climates that rarely experience freezing temperatures, typically along the East Coast through the Southwest and into California.
- Subterranean termites: The most destructive U.S. variety, subterranean termites live beneath the soil and exist nearly everywhere in the U.S., only avoiding Alaska.
- Dampwood termites: These termites prefer moist, decaying wood and are commonly found on the Pacific Coast, the Southwest and Florida.
The Northern Kentucky region bears the brunt of termite infestations and can see nearly every variant of termite present in the U.S.
Are Termites Visible Before They're a Problem?
Termites can exist well-hidden in and around your home for years before you begin to see signs of their presence. They often favor places such as attics, internal structures and basements. Once you begin to see swarms of termites, you likely have a well-established colony and existing damage to your home.
Colonies spread quickly. Once the first colony is well established, it creates satellite nests nearby. This amplifies the speed at which the damage is created and exacerbates the problem of eradicating the pests.
Prevention is the only real way to secure your home against serious damage from termites.
What Does Prevention Entail?
In order to prevent long-term problems, an annual inspection should be completed to hunt down early warning signs and address problem areas. Experienced technicians know where and how to look to root out early colonies before they have a chance to grow into a problem. They can also pinpoint termite lures -- places that might be especially attractive and accessible to termites looking to settle a new colony -- and prevent the termites from settling in to begin with.
With regular inspections, you create a barrier of protection against termite infestations in your home. While present, inspectors can pretreat your home against future infestations or safely eradicate any budding colonies they find. Snowball Pest Control has more than 100 combined years of experience and will get the job done right.