Some people have termites in their home and don’t even know it. Termites have to do quite a bit a damage before you would notice them. A healthy colony of termites can eat a two by four in a couple of months.
We had a termite inspection when we bought our home. Then a few months after we moved in I put my hand on the door frame and my fingernail went through it. At first I thought we had some kind of water damage. Upon removing the door trim we discovered that termites had eaten all the way around our door frame. There were no existing active termites. We think they were killed after we had termite traps installed around our home.
Be careful which termite company you use. Our termite company did not cover the damage. We replaced the wood and door ourselves with no reimbursement. We now have a different termite company that does cover the damage should it happen again.
There are several different termite treatments and protection plans available. Be sure to check out your options and get the best coverage you can. You also want a plan that includes repair of termite damage. If you don’t have termites now, it is very likely that you will at some point if you live in Southwest Florida. They can attack your home, your trees, or even your pool. Don’t let these critters take over your home.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL firstname.lastname@example.org