How Do Termites Damage Your House?
Termites thrive on eating wood. They can damage the exterior as well as the interior of your home. The worst they can do is damage the foundation. They will infest just about any area of your house – floors, ceilings, roof, support beams, siding, eaves. Wherever there is wood, there is the potential of a termite invasion. Your Home Inspector LLC is always ready to inspect your home for evidence of termite infestation, and advise you about the best course of action to remedy the situation.
What Are Termites, What Do They Look Like?
Termites are small insects that look very much like ants, but they are white or clear in color. They are not a form of ants, and they should be taken seriously when spotted. There are three different types of termites – dry wood termites, damp wood termites, and subterranean termites. In New Jersey the most common termite is the Eastern Subterranean Termite.
Can You Prevent Termite Invasion?
The best form of prevention against termites is to take care of your house. Avoid giving termites easy access through broken or missing roof tiles or siding. Always keep an eye out for signs of termites. These could include piles of insect wings, hollow wood, sagging floorboards. Mud tubes are built by termites to keep moisture present in their movements. These tubes are evident where the ground meets a structure. Termite droppings, or frass, look like sawdust. Mounds of frass may be seen below termite entry access holes. Unfortunately, evidence of termites usually means they have invaded and have already caused damage. If you see any of these signs that termites are present, take photographs. Call a home inspector and let them determine the extent of the problem. In answer to the question Can You Prevent Termite Invasion? – probably not, but you can certainly take steps to keep your house in tip-top shape.
Call The Experts To Confirm Termite Invasion
If you suspect that you have termites and can readily see evidence, call Your Home Inspector LLC to get an expert opinion. Our team is experienced in termite detection and we want to guide Bergen County homeowners toward a solution to this problem. Your Home Inspector is located in Mahwah and can be reached at (201)320-9092 for a consultation.