If you’re one of the thousands of people who purchased a home in 2020, congratulations! Homeownership is a big responsibility, but it’s also a smart investment in your future.
Now, it’s time to protect your investment for years to come—and the biggest threat to your home is smaller than you think. Yep, we’re talking termites. When it comes to these notorious critters, preventive termite
control is the most important step you can take toward protecting your home.
Especially here in the South, termites can chew through your home 24/7. We know that’s a scary thought, but don’t worry! Terminix is here to help with our state-of-the-art termite control treatment and impressive
Keep reading to learn five signs of active termites, plus how Terminix can help you prevent these critters from munching on your home in the first place.
Common Termite Types
Termites are small, blind, white, and live in colonies. They are actually essential to the environment because they feed on cellulose and recycle dead wood, turning it into usable nutrients.
Despite their usefulness to the environment, you definitely don’t want them turning your home into their next meal. There are more than 3,100 species of termites, but the two most common types found in the Southeast are subterranean and drywood.
Subterranean termites prefer warm and moist environments. They live underground and forage for food in the soil, or above ground in protected mud tubes. Drywood termites live in the wood they eat and are most problematic in coastal areas.
Because of their discreet habitats, it can be difficult to tell that there’s a termite problem until significant damage has already been done to the structure of your home.
5 Warning Signs of Termite Activity
If your home is unprotected and you’re concerned at all about termite activity, don’t panic. Just give us a call and we’ll come right out to take a look!
In the meantime, keep an eye out for the top five signs of an active
termite infestation to:
- Peeling paint or discolored drywall
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Flying termite swarms on the property or evidence of swarms, like piles of wings
- Mud tubes formed along the foundation of the home
- Large mounds of drywood termite droppings resembling salt or pepper piles
Why You Need Termite Protection Now
Did you know termites cause more than $5 billion of damage per year? And the worst part is termites aren’t even covered by insurance because the damage is considered preventable with proper termite protection.
That’s where Terminix comes in. For new home buyers, our experts can perform the necessary inspection for the wood infestation report you need to obtain prior to closing. Not only does this allow you to move forward with the home-buying process, but it also gives you priceless peace of mind that there are no surprises lurking within the walls of your dream home.
(Termite) Bonded for Life
Once your home’s wood-destroying-insect inspection reveals no signs of a current termite infestation, you’re not done yet! Now it’s time for long-term termite protection.
Termite protection is like an insurance policy between you and your pest control company. Often called a termite bond, there are two main types for subterranean termites (drywood termites require specialized treatments): retreat and repair. The main difference is that repair bonds cover the cost of any future termite damage—and that’s exactly why it’s the type of protection that Terminix offers.
We use the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ technology to protect your home, which works around the clock to keep termites away. Our termite protection comes with unlimited repairs on any new termite damage, and that’s the strongest guarantee in the business.
Trust Terminix with Your Home
Termites are no joke. That’s why we pull out all the stops to protect your home like it’s our own. Whether it’s termite protection or regular pest control treatment, we’ve got your back. Because we know a home is so much more than a financial investment—it’s an investment in future memories made with your loved ones.
Call us to schedule your free inspection and get your home protected today!