5 Facts about Termites

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When it comes to termites in Nashville, you want to be protected to prevent damage to your investment, be it your home or business. Your termite experts at Ameri Care Services have some important termite facts that you should know. Being on top of your game will help protect your investment!

What are common signs of termites?

A common first sign of termite infestation is seeing winged subterranean termites, which are common here in Middle Tennessee. These swarming termites are attracted to light, and can often be found near windows, around doors, lights or light fixtures, and air vents. Worker termites, on the other hand, prefer dark, hard to access areas. They are small, and light-colored, and do not have wings.

Mud tubes are also a sign of termites. They create these shelters along cracks, underneath the flooring, on pipes or along baseboards, behind siding, plumbing, and other fixtures. About the size of a drinking straw, mud tubes are a sure sign of a termite infestation.

Also, keep a lookout for hollow wood. If wood around your door frames, window sills, or anywhere else in your home sounds hollow, or has tiny holes in it, get a termite inspection in Nashville by the experts at Ameri Care Services.

How much damage can termites cause to a structure?

It is estimated that termites cause $5 billion worth of damage annually. The startling realization is that termites cause more damage than floods, fires, and tornadoes combined! Also, more than 4 million homes are infested with termites each year.

How long do termites live?

Worker termites may live a year or two. But, queen termites, which are the ones that reproduce the worker termites, are known to live for decades! This is why it is important to protect your home or business year-round. Eradicating worker termites may not be enough protection since the queen termites can live for many years.

I’m buying a newly built home, is it possible to get termites?

Absolutely! In fact, this is one mistake that many home buyers of a new home often make. Just because a home is newly built does not make it immune to a termite infestation. If the framing wood was left out in the weather too long and began to rot even the least little bit, termites could infect that wood. This is precisely why mortgage lenders require a termite clearance letter in Nashville before lending homebuyers a loan to purchase a home, whether the home is new or older.

A nearby neighbor of mine has termites, should I be worried?

Yes. Termites can travel long distances, as far as the length of a football field, looking for food. Since termites travel underground, you may not ever notice them near your home. It is best to have year-round termite protection by a trusted Nashville pest control company. Termites are never “dormant” like some insects. They are active all year long, even during the freezing winter since they can migrate underground.

Prevent Termites in Nashville

Preventing termites is simple. Professional and experienced termite specialists at Ameri Care Services can provide you with a termite inspection, and protection that least year-round. It is far easier, and cheaper, to have year-round protection against termites than it is to foot the bill for extensive termite damage because often times, insurance policies do not cover termite damage.

To learn more about termite protection in Nashville, please contact Ameri Care Services by calling (615) 893-7111. We provide complete pest control services, as well as termite protection, for homes and businesses in the Nashville communities of Mt. Juliet, and Murfreesboro.