Termite Damage and Scope

Can Termites Cause a Lot of Damage? Tracking the Scope of Termite Damage

Termites are a common pest and cause damage to homes totaling billions of dollars every year. When asking how much damage can termites cause, the answer is a lot. Termites damage not just wood but also insulation, plants, trees, swimming pools and more.

Professionals report and track termite damage they encounter to local governments and related experts. This data can be used to calculate estimates of how much damage termites cause every year. Roughly 600,000 homes receive termite damage every year and the costs for treating termite infestations and repairing the resulting home damage is $5 billion dollars every year. Homeowners carry insurance to cover an assortment of natural disasters and home repairs. Sadly, most home insurance policies do not cover the damage caused by termites as insurance companies feel that termite infestations can be prevented through regular maintenance and preventative pest control.

Repairing termite damage can be a costly expense. Depending on the scope of the damage and the material used in your home’s construction, the damage may cost more to fix than the original cost to build the home. In many cases of severe damage, the structural compromises can be so severe the home is simply uninhabitable. Even in situations where the damage can be repaired, these repairs can still cost several thousands of dollars and a lot of your time.

Signs of Termite Damage

Just how destructive are termites? One only needs to look at the signs of termite damage to find the answer. The type of damage termites can cause include the following.

  • Hollow sounds when wooden structures are tapped or hit.
  • Seeing termites on your property.
  • Mud tunnels near or around your home’s foundations.
  • Visible damage to wood such as tunneling.
  • Wooden supports and structures start to buckle.
  • Water damage.
  • Dirt collecting on walls and other areas where termites have been crawling.
  • Your home’s paint starts to bubble or peel.

Protecting Your Home From Termites

One of the best ways to prevent the costly damage termites can cause is through regular inspections by a pest control professional. These inspections detect termite infestations early, allowing you to address the issue before the damage and associated repairs become too severe. In addition, pest control experts can install preventive measures such as bait and traps to eliminate any local termite colonies and protect your home from further (or future) damage.

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