It can be scary finding out your neighbor has termites. Termites are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage every single year in the United States. That is more damage than fires, storms, and earthquakes combined. If you’re looking to protect your equity, this is definitely a question you should have the answer too.
3 Things You Need To Know About Your Neighbor’s Termites
- Termites are silent destroyers. Subterranean termites come up from the soil and feed silently on homes, leaving few signs of their presence. If you want to know whether or not your home has termites, you’re going to want to find out how long your neighbor has had termites. Most homeowners have termites for years before swarmers emerge from a mature colony inside the walls of their home. But, some people even miss this sign, especially when termite swarmers are not found inside the home. If your neighbor has been producing termite swarmers for years, there is a good chance they’ve made it to your property.
- Subterranean termite workers don’t stop. Worker termites can tunnel underground as far as the length of a football field to get food. And, unlike ants, termite workers don’t focus on only one food source. If they have been feeding on your neighbor’s home, there is a good chance stray workers have found your home as well.
- There can be a lot of termites in a colony. If your neighbor has mature colonies, those colonies can have hundreds and even thousands of termites in each one. If your home does not have a termite protection plan in place, you’ll definitely want to correct that as soon as possible.
One of the tools we use to protect homes from termites is the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. It is a bait system that takes the three negatives above and turns them into positives. Since termites come up from the soil, bait stations placed in the soil around your home are in the right place to be taken by worker termites. And, since there are hundreds or even thousands of worker termites working tirelessly day and night to find food, even when food has already been found, they are almost guaranteed to find these bait stations. When they do, they take the bait back to their colony, and the colony dies.
If your neighbor has termites, it doesn’t automatically mean you do as well, but the risk is much higher. Termite swarmers don’t travel far. If they are in your neighbor’s home, they are in your neighborhood. Don’t wait a second to get your home protected. Call us today to see how affordably we can help you to protect your home.