As gross as seeing a cockroach or silverfish may be — and yes, you may have a bigger problem than it first seems — sometimes you can simply exterminate it and go on with your life. But there is a bug that is more than just an unsightly pest.
Termites, aka “silent destroyers,” can chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected, 24/7, and can compromise the structural stability of a home.
And according to the National Pest Management Association, spring is prime termite season as swarmers, or winged termites, emerge looking to establish new colonies.
Indeed, in a new survey from the NPMA, 33% of respondents have — or know someone who has — experienced termite damage. Despite these findings, more than half (52%) of Americans have never had their homes inspected.
“When it comes to ensuring the structural stability of your future home, a wood destroying organism inspection is a must,” said Missy Henriksen, VP public affairs for NPMA. “Termites cause approximately $5 billion in property damage annually, an expense not typically covered by homeowners’ insurance. Avoiding a termite or WDO inspection leaves the buyer vulnerable to unexpected out-of-pocket costs down the line.”
So how do you know if you have a termite problem? Here are some of the signs:
If any of these signs are present, experts recommend you contact a pest professional to properly identify the problem and termite species, and effectively remove the colony.