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by Wendy Stackhouse · April 28, 2014

Termites a Top Threat to Homes

As we spend today thinking about our neighbors in Arkansas who are recovering from devastating tornadoes today, we are struck with an ironic fact:

Termites are a bigger threat to homes than fire, flood or wind.

Termites cause over $5 billion in damage to homes every year in the US alone. They won't wipe your house out in a moment like a tornado or destroy all of your personal belongings along with your home like a flood, but termites bring their own kind of devastation, often unnoticed until the situation is truly dire. You wouldn't let flood waters stand in your house for 10 years, but many families do not discover a termite infestation for a decade.

It is commonly thought that termites are only active in the spring, but in fact spring is only when they are most visible because they can swarm. How can you tell if you might have termites if you don't see them swarming? We went to Realtor.com to find out:

Hollow-sounding wood: Wood’s surface might appear smooth, even if termites are inflicting damage. If wood sounds hollow when tapped, it may be because termites are eating the wood from the inside out.

Discarded wings: If you see groups of discarded wings, call a termite specialist.

Cracked or distorted paint on wood surfaces: Drywood termites can enter through openings smaller than the edge of a dime, so monitor and seal any cracks in the home’s foundation and near roof siding, vents and windows.
Mud tubes on exterior walls: Store mulch, firewood and wood chips away from the home to avoid creating moisture-rich habitats for termites to survive and thrive.
Frass: Drywood termites produce wood-colored droppings called frass as they eat their way through infested wood.
Termites can take a long time to become obvious, but Alliance Environmental Group can get rid of them in one day--with heat! A healthier and faster alternative to tenting and pesticides, heat treatment kills termites at all stages of development in one treatment without exposing your home or your family to dangerous chemicals. If you have termites, contact Alliance for a consultation now, before the problem gets worse!
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