Everyone knows, “April showers bring May flowers” but many do not realize that April also brings termites – by the millions – to south Florida.
Then again, maybe they do realize it and just think termite infestation only happens to other people. My question would be, why risk it when a termite inspection is so much less expensive than an infestation? Particularly, when you consider that very few homeowner’s insurance companies will cover the cost of repair. Most homeowners do not even know what coverage they have until it is too late.
Homeowners must read their insurance contract thoroughly before signing it, make a list of the things you think should be covered. In Florida, since insects are such a large concern, it should definitely be on your list. Do not just shop by price, compare coverage before you choose an insurance company. Yet, the best insurance against termite damage is prevention.
“An Ounce of Prevention…”
Dead plant materials, such as grass clippings and pulled weeds, piles of wood, and paper left around your house will provide termites food and a ready entrance into your home. Water accumulations from leaking water hoses and pipes in the crawl space under your home or close to the foundation give termites all the moisture they need to live. A wise homeowner would do an assessment of the risks surrounding their home and develop a plan to clean up those risks.
Termites do not discern between living or dead wood, and are just as apt to infest a live tree in your yard as that pile of boards you have in the back, ready for the privacy fence you plan to build when you have time. The problem most of us face is not enough time, since there are only so many hours in a day and we seem to fill ours with what appears to be more important things than putting up a fence or a home risk assessment for termites. Then, we are totally shocked when the roof starts sagging, we go into the attic to find out why, and we discover several colonies of termites in the support rafters.
Drywood termites like to build their colony in the wood along the roofline and no one checks up there, except a pest control specialist. You are just as apt to find more of those drywood termite colonies in the wooden furniture you have stored up there in the attic. Condensation moisture from the hot sun on those asphalt shingles is enough to provide those little insects with enough moisture to live and colonize. The costs of repair or replacement of those support beams can run in the tens of thousands.
Contact Amazon Termite Pest Control today to get an inspection and early treatment to prevent being a part of that statistic.