October 6, 2009 | 4 Comments

Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage per year in the United States, according to the National Pest Management Foundation. Many homeowners know very little about the harm these destructive critters can do to their homes. Termite damage is usually not caught til it’s too late. Termites can eat away at wood structures from the inside out for years-even decades-and are widely known as  “silent destroyers.”

Termites can enter a home by slipping through a crack in the foundation, window vents and roof joints. Some preventative measures to keep these harmful pests away from your home are:

  • Keep moisture out. Use gutters and downspouts to divert water away from your home’s foundation.
  • Do not store wood or mulch near the home.
  • Make sure plants, shrubs or vines are not planted too close to the home and are not covering vents.
  • Crawl spaces should be ventilated as much as possible against humidity.
  • Eliminate any gaps and cracks in attic areas, vents, window joints and roof joints.
  • Remove old tree stumps and roots near home.

A homeowners best defense is to schedule regular inspections with a termite specialist. Special wood treatments and repellents can be used to turn away termites. Most treatments are needed at least every 10 years. South Carolina requires that every seller of a home must provide the buyer with a CL100 showing that there is no termite damage to the home. It’s even better when a purchaser can transfer a termite bond upon ownership.

Source: www.realtor.org


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