Termites, Damage, Fumigation, – Oh my!

My first home had dry wood termites. When I bought my second home, I bought a brick home thinking I would not have to worry about termites. I found out I had subterranean termites. I moved to California and realized most of the houses were built upon the fertile soil where orchards once lived. Where there were orchards, there were termites so it won’t surprise you to hear that many homes in the Bay Area suffer from wood destroying pest.

There are things a home owner can do to help reduce the chance of having their home infested by termites and the like. The five most common maintenance issues that are neon welcome signs to pest are:

1.) Sprinklers spraying against the wood siding of a home. This creates a nice moist dinner of wood for termites to take hold.
2.) Water leaks around toilets and sinks. Wet wood = meal for wood hungry pest.
3.) Foliage and trees close to the house or laying on the roof. A perfect gateway for pest to enter roof rafters.
4.) Storing wood or paper products in or around the wood exterior of the home or garage.
5.) Improper drainage from gutters that allow for water to stand or collect underneath the home.

The hungry swarm of wood destroying pest can eat at a home for years and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Some surveys indicate termites cause up to $2 billion dollars in damage annually in the United States. The map shows which parts of the country are more at risk for termite infestation.

Will McCoy is a pest inspector with The Terminators. A locally owned and operated family business here in San Jose that I have worked with since I bought my first house in California nearly 18 years ago. (Which also had termites.)  Will is an expert at finding and treating wood destroying pest and on top of that a genuine, all-around nice guy. I briefly spoke with Will about how an inspector knows a house is infested with termites, and what it means to have a house fumigated.  If you need a pest inspection,  contact Lisa, Corky, or Will at The Terminators (408) 298-3930.  This is one of those situations where an ounce of a prevention can go a long way.

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