Termites and the Damage They Do

What are Termites?

Mahwah NJ Home InspectorTermites are small whitish colored insects with long wings. They look a little like ants, but are a much more serious problem. Termites thrive by munching on
wood. Most homes are constructed with a great deal of wood, making termites a very destructive adversary. There are three different types of termite – dry wood termites, damp wood termites, and subterranean termites. Here in North America the most common ones are the Eastern Subterranean Termites. These termites eat wood, but they also like paper, books and cotton.

Where Do Termites Come From?

Subterranean termites are usually found in yards and houses where soil, dampness
and wood are in full supply. They construct mud tunnels that lead into your home.
The damage termites can do to a house is devastating! At worst they damage a
foundation, but they eat anywhere and everywhere, and constantly. They get into
floors, ceilings, roofs, support beams, siding and the eaves.

What Can You Do About Termites?

First and foremost, taking care of your home is essential. Try not to provide
access by maintaining your home and replace missing or broken roof tiles or
siding. Of course, always keep an eye out for signs of an infestation. These
signs can include piles of insect wings, mud tunnels around the foundation,
hollow wood, sagging floorboards. If signs appear, take photos to show to a
home inspector. A competent inspector will help you understand the extent of the
damage and advise you on eliminating the termites.

Get Rid of Those Wood Destroying Insects!

You need a professional and knowledgeable expert in detecting the presence of
termites in and around your house. Your Home Inspector LLC has years of experience
in the field, and can lead you to a solution for getting rid of these pests. We
welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge of the termite problem. Contact
our team for a full and thorough inspection of your premises, and advice on how
to eliminate the damaging termites. Call us today at (201)320-9092.