More than 365,000 homes in the United States are involved in a fire each year. More than 600,000 U.S. homes suffer termite damage totaling over $1.5 billion annually. That is more damage than is caused by all fires, storms, and earthquakes combined. More than 2 million homes require termite treatment each year. Homeowners insurance can help recover losses from fires, storms, and earthquakes, but it is almost impossible to carry insurance against termite infestation. This problem affects many cities in Pennsylvania, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg, Lancaster, Reading, Trexlertown, Tannersville, and Tamaqua, PA.
Finding out that your home has termites instills a sense of fear among most homeowners. You typically can’t see them, you can’t hear them and frequently only a trained inspector can find signs of infestation. Treatment by the homeowner for the control of termites is virtually impossible. Specialized equipment is used and the experts have the knowledge necessary for control strategies.
Your termite control specialist at Seitz Bros. can provide protection from termite infestation. Termites can be found in almost every state as well as Mexico and parts of Canada. They feed on wood and may also destroy paper products such as books, cardboard boxes, furniture, and various other items. Even buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because of the wooden door and window frames, wooden support beams (often hidden), cabinets, or shelving within them.
Subterranean termites build nests in the ground. They search (“forage”) for wood (food) farther and farther from their nest as their colony numbers grow. Foragers may make underground tunnels or above-ground “shelter tubes” of mud, feces, and debris used to search for new food sources and to connect their nests to their food. They can enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil through such tubes. Termites can enter buildings through cracks, expansion joints, foam insulation below ground, hollow bricks or concrete blocks, or through spaces around the plumbing. They can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32nd of an inch. Any building, whether constructed with a slab, basement, or crawl space foundation, can be infested by termites.
In certain areas of the country, you may encounter different types of termites, such as Formosan, damp-wood, or dry-wood termites. If your home is infested with one of these termites, it may require different or more extensive treatment procedures including wood treatment or fumigation.
LOOK FOR THE SIGNS
Several possible signs of a termite infestation, which a homeowner might see include:
PREVENTIVE MEASURES YOU CAN TAKE
There are several things you can do as a homeowner to help prevent or avoid termite infestations including:
If you suspect termites, Seitz Bros offers termite inspections for you. As part of our termite liquid treatments and termite control service, we have 3 convenient locations covering places like Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton at our Trexlertown location in the Lehigh Valley; or Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Stroudsburg at our Tannersville office in the Poconos; and Hazleton, Reading, and Lancaster at our Tamaqua Headquarters in Eastern and Central PA. We also service other parts of PA and New Jersey. Call today to schedule an appointment and see why you are calling the best termite inspection, termite bait treatment, and termite control service in PA.