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Termites are a concern for homeowners in 49 of the 50 states.

In any given year termites damage more homes than fire. The cost of termite damage is about twice that of storm damage.

Termites can hollow out wood beams, gut walls and reduce wood floors or trim to a paper-thin veneer.

Hollowed out wooden beam

Termites will roam 300 feet or more beyond their colonies in search of food.

They build mud/shelter tubes in which to travel. These are composed of particles of soil, wood or debris. These tubes can vary in thickness from narrow exploratory tubes to passageways as thick as your arm.

Just because you don't see termites doesn't mean they're not there.

Termites work behind the scenes. They rarely break through the surface of wood, preferring instead to hollow it out. As a result, you might never see them, or any evidence of them, until you discover that serious damage has been done to your home.

To learn if you are at risk follow this link and take a short quiz. Risk Calculator

To learn about Eastern Subterranean termites, the most common and widely distributed termite in North America click here Termite Facts

To learn about Drywood Termites, which are found mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of the United States follow this link. Termite Facts


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