For most people, their home is the single biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. That is why it is important to protect it and that includes being vigilant about termites. These pests can cause major damage to your home. They aren’t picky when it comes to choosing wood to eat and they have no problem undermining the structural integrity of your home.
Termites are specially equipped with bacteria in their digestive system that breaks down cellulose, which is present in organic materials like wood and plants. Some species of termites can eat up to a pound of wood per day. When you have an entire colony eating away at your home, that can add up quickly over time.
Signs of Termite Damage
Unfortunately, you could be experiencing damage below the surface without even noticing. Once the damage has been done, you may notice that your walls make a hollow sound when tapped or that ceilings and walls are beginning to buckle and paint is bubbling. Other signs include small holes in the drywall, maze-like patterns in wood, and other markings that resemble water damage.
Termite Damage Timeline
A termite colony takes three to five years to reach full maturity. Once the colony has fully formed, it can number anywhere from 60,000 to 2 million termites. Since the colony will be going to work on your home well out of sight, you might not notice damage for years. Meanwhile, common termite species can eat an entire 2×4 in just five months. By the time you identify the infestation, it may be too late for your home.
The best way to handle termites is to be proactive and work with professional exterminators. At PMi Pest Management, we can help you protect your home with regular inspections. Don’t wait until your home has been compromised to deal with your termite problem. Schedule an appointment today.