We all know that termites are small insects that can cause damage to our homes, but how bad can the damage really be? After all, they’re just tiny ants, right? In actuality, if you have termites on your property, you may be in real trouble. They may be small, but they are relentless when it comes to eating. It may take a long time, but they can actually turn your beautiful home into a pile of sawdust. In addition to eating nonstop, they also multiply at an alarming rate. Thus the problem will only get worse if it’s not handled quickly. To avoid this potential damage, our team at Inspecticore highly recommends a professional termite inspection before you move into your new home.
Because termites do their work under your home or inside the walls, you generally won’t know they’re there until the damage is extensive. Termites hide from light and they burrow deep into dark crevices to find moisture and plenty of their food source, which is the organic material found in wood. Because of this, you need a trained professional to determine if your home has termites. During the inspection, an Inspecticore professional will use special tools and techniques to uncover termites no matter where they may be hiding.
Precautions You Can Take
In addition to a yearly inspection, there are precautions you can take to protect your home from the damage termites can cause. A good place to start is keeping all of your wood away from your home. Piles of firewood or scrap lumber, as well as piles of old newspaper or cardboard boxes, need to be kept outside of your home and as far away as your property allows. Thus it’s a bad idea to keep firewood piled against your house. Also, keep your yard cleared of leaf clutter and sticks.
Finally, to make your home less hospitable to termites, keep excess moisture at bay. Use a dehumidifier in your home, turn on the bathroom fan after a bath or shower, and use your kitchen exhaust fan after cooking. Make sure your attic and crawl space are properly ventilated. Our professionals can also make recommendations for moisture control during their inspection.
If you’re interested in a professional termite inspection, Inspecticore is here to help. Contact us today at (516) 524-0673 to schedule a termite inspection for your home. We proudly serve the Long Island, Nassau County, and Suffolk County areas.