All About Termites
Termites are incredibly destructive and will swarm into new areas depending on weather and colony migration. In fact, they’re now found in practically every state except Alaska. More often than not you won’t even know of their presence. Each season can bring new colonizing behavior; in a warmer year, millions can swarm where once there were none.
That’s where Anderson comes in – along with our Termite Protection Program.
Termites are best known for eating wood, but they’ll also destroy paper products, cardboard boxes, furniture, and various other items. Even if the exterior of your house isn’t made of wood, that doesn’t mean you’re immune. Just about every building has wooden doors, window frames, support beams, cabinets, and shelving.
Diagnosing a Termite Invasion
One of the reasons termites are able to do so much damage is because they’re hard to detect. You typically can’t see or hear them, and it usually takes a trained inspector to find signs of an infestation.
Some signs of a serious infestation include:
- Mud Tubes: These are thin tunnels that are typically found around a termite nest. They’re built from pieces of wood and soil and look like a long mound that winds in a single direction. To check if a mud tube is active, just break it open. Termites will be traveling through the tunnel if they’re still calling your home their home.
- Wood Damage: Termites will leave wood looking like it’s water damaged, which may make the wood appear rippled, buckled, and swollen. You may also see visible mazes within wood structures.
Unfortunately, by the time you notice these signs, it usually means the infestation is severe. In order to spot them, experts use specialized equipment – and often extract samples to test for presence. If you suspect a termite problem, don’t wait to act.
Chew on these facts:
- A single colony can chew through a 2” x 4” board in a couple of months
- Termites cause billions of dollars in U.S. home damage each year
- Some species will eat their way through lead, asphalt, plaster and mortar to find tasty wood
If termites are found in your home, Anderson will work diligently to remove every last one. Quickly. Safely. And our termite treatment program is 100% guaranteed.
Prevention is Key
To protect your home, prevention is the number one step you can take. By the time you find out you have termites, there’s already significant damage done. So take the steps now to instate a termite prevention program.
Anderson’s Termite Protection Program is designed to keep your home termite-free all year round. We’ll come out four times a year and provide an in-depth inspection of your property to ensure there’s no termite presence. Our program also includes a variety of other prevention techniques that are performed during each visit.
The best part? The prevention program comes with a full guarantee all year long.