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Termites are one of your home's biggest enemies. Each year, termites cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to structures in America. Termites eat wood and byproducts as well as siding and other building materials. Fortunately, James Hardie siding is impervious to termites, but the rest of your structure is not.
Termites live in large colonies far underground and tunnel up to infest and destroy structures. Termites, like ants, have a very intelligent and compartmentalized society. They are highly efficient. Because they live so far below ground and can have many different colonies in a fairly small area, killing them all is simply not possible. The goal, therefore, is not to kill them all, but to prevent them from entering and damaging your structures.
One of the primary reasons termites live underground is that their soft exteriors cannot prevent the moisture in their bodies from evaporating when they are exposed to air. Because of this, they build small tunnels of dirt on the support posts of buildings and can then travel in a protected environment. This also allows a trained inspector to verify their presence. Termites are small enough that they squeeze through small cracks that inevitably form even in concrete slab construction.
The traditional treatment involves digging a small trench around the concrete block foundation under the house and treating it with a potent chemical that forms a barrier that the pests cannot penetrate. A hole is drilled into each block to allow the treatment of the inside, as well. Holes are drilled at a prescribed spacing through the grout in exterior brick veneer so that the space between the brick and foundation is protected. The chemicals used are strong and form a crystalline surface which, when undisturbed, can protect for at least 30 years. These chemicals should be applied only by professionals who know how to apply it safely and effectively.
There are also some much newer forms of control being used in many instances. For example, there are now bait stations that are buried at intervials around the property to attract and kill the termites that are just in that area targeting your home. A good company will explain your options to you and the advantages of each.
A professional termite company provides the owner with a guarantee that their home will be termite free and provides a policy to repair any damage caused by the insects if it occurs. Typically, the company inspects the home annually and charges an annual fee for the continuation of their protection plan. In the termite business, just like the siding business and many others, a warranty is only as good as the company issuing it. A 30 year warranty from a company that's only been in business for 3 years isn't very reassuring. You should check the company closely before doing business.
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