Termites – Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

termiteNo, the idea “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work in the case of termites. It is very important to have a termite warranty and annual termite inspections to avoid expensive repairs from the extensive structural damage they can cause. Your home is usually your biggest asset, so it is definitely worth protecting!

Did you know that termites work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? They eat all day and all night, and they can destroy a structurally sound building before you know it, turning solid wood into mush! Having an infestation of termites could mean that you have several million worker termites eating your home around the clock.

Termites are known as the “silent destroyers,” for the damage they cause is often unseen until it is extensive. The subterranean termites, which are the most common termites in this area, are so sensitive to moisture levels that they actually build long mud tunnels to and from their food source so that they do not dry out on the trip between their underground home and the structure they are eating. In fact, these tunnels are one of the few visible clues that your home might be undergoing destruction from the inside out by termite invaders.

And who pays for the cost of eradication and repair? YOU…the homeowner! That’s why it is so important to have pest professionals do a thorough inspection, for they know exactly what to look for and observe in out of the way places in your home. What may look like a small area of cracked wood in a corner to you may indicate an actual termite infestation. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, for once termites have gotten a strong hold on your home, they are more difficult and costly to remove. Call Dixon today for a termite inspection.

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