Buying a new home in St. Louis or Mid-Missouri can be an exciting experience. You’ve spent years saving for and dreaming of the home you will spend your days off in, where you’ll raise your family and the place you’ll come home to after a hard day. You know homeownership is a big responsibility, but it’s one you’re ready for. Once you’re in your dream home, you don’t want to have to worry about that dream being reduced to dust.
One teeny, tiny insect that has the ability to cause many a sleepless night is a termite. Termites are the cause of billions of dollars in damages each year. According to the National Pest Management Association, about $5 billion dollars a year is caused by termite damage in the U.S. alone. Termite damage is not only expensive but it’s also difficult to fix. Termites can not only chew holes in your furniture, support beams, all studs and floor joints, they can also do damage to your foundation.
What’s worse is quite often you don’t even know they’re there, until the damage has already been done. Known as “silent destroyers,” termites often do their damage from the inside out. Although it can be tough to identify termites, there are some clues you can look for. Some signs of termites include cracked paint on wood surfaces, sawdust piles, hollow-sounding wood, discarded wings, and mud tubes leading to the foundation of your home.
Because these signs are so subtle, it can be really hard to identify a termite problem before its a full blown termite infestation. Termites move in looking for food and because your home is built out of their food source, it’s a gold mine for them. Once they’ve started making their house near your home, it is extremely important to call St. Louis termite control professionals. Getting rid of termites is not something you can do without the help of a professional, and since it is nearly impossible to eliminate an entire colony, without them, your termite problem is likely to get worse, not better. Call Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions if you are seeing signs of termites or would just like peace of mind from a professional termite inspection.