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To Prevent Termite Damage, Early Detection Is Key

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(NAPS)—Termites are among the most ancient of pests, surviving for more than 250 million years. Since termites aren’t going anywhere, it is important for homeowners to know about these silent invaders and the potential damage they can cause homes.

Termites are social insects that live in colonies ranging in size from thousands to millions. Termites are also able to adapt to changing environments. An average lot (approximately one-half acre) surrounding a home can support three to four colonies.

According to Paul Hardy, technical director for Orkin, Inc., termites can be a problem for almost everyone. “Unless you live in Alaska, your home or building can be a target for termites.”

No other structural pest has caused more attention than termites. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause over $5 billion in damage each year in the United States. Because termites can enter your home through cracks as tiny as 1/32″, any home, regardless of structure type, is vulnerable to termite attack.

According to Orkin, identifying a termite problem can be difficult, since termites eat wood from the inside out. That’s why homeowners should schedule an annual inspection with a licensed professional.

“Preventing termites from entering your home is important. But if you do have a problem, it takes a professional pest control company to control termites and keep them from coming back,” says Hardy.

Signs of termites include:

  • a temporary swarm of winged insects,
  • discarded wings from “swarmers,”
  • cracked or bubbling paint,
  • wood that sounds hollow when tapped, or
  • mud tubes on exterior walls.

Homeowners can reduce their chances of termite damage by eliminating moisture and removing wood sources close to the home.Call 1-800-800-ORKIN or visit www.Orkin.com for a free home inspection.

Did You Know?

While most guests visit your home through the door, termites can enter through a crack as tiny as 1/32″. Homeowners can reduce their chances of termite damage by eliminating moisture and removing wood sources close to the home.