Termites: The Other White Meat

Termites are a big issue when dealing with homeownership. Simply put, they eat houses and buildings! They cause over five billion dollars worth of damage every year for homeowners. You will NEVER see only one termite because they gather together in colonies. A small group or colony of termites (approximately sixty thousand or so) can eat one single foot of wood in less than six months.

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What are Termites?
“Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and about 10 percent of the estimated 4,000 species (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests.” (Wikipedia)

How to prevent Termites from infesting your home?

The first option is trying to keep the foundation of your house as dry as possible. As a homeowner, you want to make sure that you have no openings in the foundation of your house to let termites in the home. Termite inspectors suggest using caulking to fill any small holes or cracks in your basement especially in the garage.

How do you treat termites?
First, call a Termite and pest inspection company, like PestNow. They will drill inside and around the house which enables the pest inspectors to create a more thorough barrier with the liquid termiticides. Another approach for controlling termites is Termite baits, which is fairly new technology for termite control. However, liquid treatments to soil tend to kill termites quicker.

RANDOM FACT: Eating termites is a great source of protein.

Hopefully you found this post useful! If you would like more information about Washington DC real estate, please contact Jason Trotman at 301-452-4767. If you’re new to DC, I’d especially like to extend a warm welcome. I value the opportunity to help my clients find the home that meets their needs and provide them with professional, reliable service.

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