A homeowner whose dwelling is subjected to termites will spend an average of $3,000 to make the necessary repairs, with the wood consuming pests accounting for nearly $5 billion in damages to American homes each year.
Houston-area homeowners and businesses begin noticing subterranean termites in early spring, when they become visible in swarms by entering homes, commercial buildings and other structures. [...]
Houston-area homeowners and businesses begin noticing subterranean termites in early spring, when they become visible in swarms by entering homes, commercial buildings and other structures. Known as the “silent destroyers,” termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year – that’s more damage to homes and businesses than all other natural disasters combined. Adding to the challenge, termite presence is difficult to detect as their activity is hidden behind wallboards, siding or wood trim.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Holder’s Pest Solutions are celebrating the fifth annual Termite Awareness Week, March 13-19, 2016 to bring awareness to termite prevention, detection and treatment. Although termite treatment is most effective when performed by a licensed pest control professional, it is important that individuals know the signs of a termite infestation and become familiar with prevention methods to combat the invasive insects.
Constructing your home’s deck is a significant emotional and financial investment, but is ultimately a rewarding undertaking. Not only does it provide an outdoor gathering space to entertain guests, it can also add value to your home’s listing price. In a cost/value analysis of home improvement projects across the United States, Remodeling Magazine found that homeowners living in the South Central region – which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas – recovered almost 80% of the deck investment after selling.
Determining specific property values can be a complicated task that doesn’t necessarily have a standard outcome. A number of factors determine a home’s worth. An assessor uses a variety of metrics and formulas to assign a specific dollar amount to a home, most importantly its location. A multitude of other factors beyond an owner’s control might sway that initial estimate.
If you became aware that your home is currently resting on a fault line, would you get earthquake insurance? What if you learned that the region your home sits in is 5 times more likely to get flooded in spring? Would you get flood insurance? Houston, we have a problem. Eastern Texas is home to every type of termite that can infest a home, including the voracious Formosan subterranean termite. Some have said that this termite can total a new home almost before the paint dries. If you live in Houston, you're crazy to not have termite insurance.
When it comes to home-wrecking termite species, Houston Texas has them all. High humidity and prolonged hot weather make Houston an ideal home from the most destructive of all termites: The Eastern Subterranean Termite--a species of termite that can total a home in as little as two years. But, fortunately, there is a solution. With advancements in modern termite control, your home or business can be fully protected.
Just hearing the word termite gives you an uncomfortable feeling. These tiny insects cause approximately 5 billion dollars in property damage in the United States each year. Termites get into your home and chow down on any wood source available as food to build colonies and survive. They particularly enjoy moist wood to chew through. The hardest part about a termite infestation is that they are hard to spot. They usually chew through the interior of your walls, out of your sight. You may only notice them after the structural damage has already occurred. This is why it is important to arm yourself with knowledge of these tiny pests to help keep them away from your home.
Just the idea of finding termites in your home can drive anyone crazy. These tiny insects can do quite a bit of damage to any wood structures within a home. Once you have spotted a termite in your home, it is hard to tell just how bad the damage is until you have a pest control professional examine your home. Everyone knows that finding termites in your home is no good. But how can you be sure it’s a termite that you are seeing? How much damage can one little bug cause? And why do they have such a bad rep? Here are 5 important termite facts you will want to know to help you try to prevent them, determine if you have them and assess the damage.
If you don't know what a subterranean termite is, I hope you never learn first hand. These little home wreckers damage homes all across the country to the tune of $5 billion each year. THIS is not an insect you want anywhere NEAR your home!