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It’s no secret that termites are bad news for homeowners. Wood-destroying insects are prevalent in Middle Tennessee, destroying homes and other wooden structures, costing thousands or more dollars in repairs. But unfortunately, even with known risks, homeowners leave their homes vulnerable to termite destruction each year because of false claims like termites are only a threat in the spring or prevention services cost too much. So today on the blog, our termite control company in Murfreesboro, Ameri Care, shares seven false claims about termites and how to keep your home protected.
Termites are only a problem during the spring
Termite swarming season occurs during the spring and is when termites leave their existing colonies to reproduce and start new ones. Swarms usually start right after a big rain and when temperatures begin warming. For Nashville, the termite swarming season begins in the spring or once temperatures reach 70 degrees consistently. However, despite some false claims, termites may swarm any time of year, leaving your home vulnerable to destruction if you aren’t taking preventive measures to protect it. Here in Middle Tennessee, we typically experience mild temperatures as early as March and as late in the year as November. Additionally, the threat of termites doesn’t end when swarming season is over. Your home could be under attack by termites during any season.
DIY termite solutions save money
As a homeowner, it’s understandable that you may like to do many projects around your home yourself. However, even the best DIYer shouldn’t attempt to get rid of termites. It takes professional-grade termite solutions and a keen eye to spot termites, eliminate them from wooden structures, and ensure they don’t return. Treating termites yourself could end up costing you money in the long run. One little mistake could mean leaving behind termites that result in an insurmountable amount of damage to your home. Therefore, leave termite control to the pros!
Termites are always visible
Actually, termites prefer to remain hidden under flooring, behind walls, and other places you typically don’t see. In fact, once you actually spot termites, there likely is an infestation brewing that you don’t see! Therefore, don’t assume that just because you don’t see termites inside your home doesn’t mean they aren’t there feasting away at your home’s wooden structure.
You don’t need a termite inspection when buying a house
If you’re borrowing money from a lender to purchase your home, the lender most likely requires a termite inspection. This doesn’t mean that you can’t buy the home if termite damage is found. However, it just means that the home must be treated by a professional pest control company before the bank will lend you the money. On the other hand, if you’re paying cash for a home, Murfreesboro termite specialists recommend that you do not forgo a termite inspection, although it’s not required for cash purchases. You’re likely buying the home as an investment, and the last thing you’d want is to uncover termite damage that results in costly repairs.
Homeowner’s insurance covers termite damage
According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage. However, we recommend checking with your specific agent as to whether your policy provides termite damage coverage. Knowing this, leaving your home vulnerable to wood-destroying insects could be dangerous. Termites cause almost $5 billion worth of damage a year to homes across the U.S. Therefore, think about the financial risk you may be putting on the line by not signing up for year-round termite protection.
Termite prevention is expensive
We hate to break it to you, but termite repairs almost always cost far more than termite prevention. And, knowing that homeowner’s insurance likely does not cover the damages, you could end up spending thousands of dollars to repair termite damage to your home. Therefore, a truer statement is that termite damage is more expensive than prevention. Just like Benjamin Franklin once coined, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Termite Services Company in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Hermitage, Tennessee
If you’d like to learn more about termite prevention services in Murfreesboro or find out what you should do if you have termites, call Ameri Care at (615) 893-7111 today or connect with us online.