Termites might not feel as dramatic as a hurricane or flood. They don’t come with the same overt force, but they can bring just as much destruction. Impact Pest Elimination can help assess the problem and provide a solution fast before the situation gets out of hand. Let’s learn a little about termites and answer, “how do termite warranties work?” for those of you who are looking to take proactive measures.
Termites in Florida
Florida has six different species of termite. Thanks to the warm, humid climate year-round, this diversity allows termites to swarm virtually any time of year. These creatures play an invaluable role in the ecosystem, thanks to their unique ability to digest cellulose.
Digesting cellulose allows termites to feed directly on wood and other plant materials. In nature, termites break down this tough substance and return the nutrients to the soil. Many species build their nests in the ground, foraging for food before bringing it back to the colony.
But in our homes, they use this ability to break down furniture, books, and even structural materials. If a building contains any of these potential food sources, it has the potential to harbor a termite infestation. Bug proofing your home can help, but you still need to remain vigilant and act quickly if a colony begins to develop. Impact Pest Elimination can help.
What Is A Termite Warranty?
You may be asking yours, “how do termite warranties work?” In Florida, most homes have a high susceptibility to termites. Ironically, that makes termite coverage a no-go for most home insurance plans.
A termite warranty provides added protection for homes against termite infestations. These separate warranties play a critical role in mitigating the financial headache that termites can cause. How do termite warranties work?
A termite warranty typically covers termite inspection. A trained pest control specialist will come and assess any potential damage. Termites hide well, but they do leave a few telltale signs.
- Frass (termite feces), which looks like small piles of fine topsoil.
- Mud tubes outside the home near soil-to-wood contact points
- Insect wings near potential entry points
- Hollow or blistered wood
Signals like these can spell trouble, but early detection can keep the worst at bay.
Termite warranties cover the treatment of termites, which will eliminate the colony. Out of pocket expenses for termite eradication add up quickly. Some plans also exist to cover the repair costs of termite damage.
Conducive Conditions for Termites
Termites become a problem when the conditions exist to support a growing colony. Eliminating those conditions will help reduce the probability and severity of an infestation.
Termites need shelter and food, just like anything else. Wood-to-soil contact affords them both. The soil’s moisture and cover provide excellent conditions for fostering a colony, while direct contact with wood provides an easy food source with access to your warm, comfy home.
Wet wood loses a lot of its strength. For a tiny animal like a termite, it is much easier to break off pieces and digest the material.
Organic Material Near Foundation
Piles of leaves, mulch, timber, or even planter boxes can feed a hungry termite colony. When those piles sit near a foundation, they give termites an excellent spot to thrive both outside and inside the home.
Standing water creates a reliable means for a termite colony to stay hydrated. The excess moisture also softens any organic debris, making it easier to gather food.
What Can Impact Pest Do For You?
Termites can cause a lot of damage. In Florida, they have the potential to appear nearly anywhere, any time of year. Even worse, they often hide undetected until it’s too late. Impact Pest Elimination can help protect your home with everything from prevention to treatment.
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