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Termite Facts and Prevention Tips

Friday, March 6th, 2020 by Bill Cowley


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TERMITE FACTS

  • Termites are wood-destroying insects whose presence dates back to the dinosaurs.
  • Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected.
  • There are about 2,000 known species of termites in the world.
  • The most common termite species found in the United States are subterranean termites, Formosan termites, dampwood termites, drywood termites.
  • Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species of termite as they eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage.
  • Termite colonies can have upwards of 2 million members.
  • Termites are present in 70 percent of countries across the world and their population outnumbers human beings on a ratio of ten to one.
  • The queen termite can lay up to 40,000 eggs per day. 

  

TERMITE PREVENTION TIPS

There are many steps a homeowner can take to help prevent termites from infesting their property. Most importantly, a homeowner should eliminate or reduce moisture in and around their home, which termites need to thrive. Here are some other tips:

  • Install properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks to divert moisture from your home.  
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. 
  • Trim vines, hedges and other vegetation to prevent them from blocking vents. 
  • Remove old form boards, grade stakes, tree trunks and roots near a building, as they may attract termites.
  • Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground. Check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage, such as mud tubes or hollow spots in exposed wood.