Fortune Favors The Bold – Say The Termites

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May 6, 2015 by Jeff Lowen

“And the meek shall inherit the Earth…”

Whatever mantra you subscribe to, here’s my take. Although meekness may get you the world as your inheritance, while you’re waiting you’ll need to navigate through the ebb and flow of life to have a positive experience.

I once knew a man that looked the other way for a few seconds and right before my eyes, his house was GONE! He built another. GONE! He built another, dug a moat around it and still… GONE! Then he ate a can of spinach, while the familiar tune played, and without further adieu, he built his home from steel. End of his termite problem! 

Perhaps building a home from steel may solve the termite issues for Popeye the Sailor, it’s quite impractical for us that live outside the cartoon world. Termites, according to the Consumer Education Council on Termites, which is committed to educating the world on termite behavior and control methods, provide innovative solutions to termite issues. Popeye would have been served well, had he consulted them before engaging in his particular solution, yes?

One of the very first things you should do is look for evidence. Such as:

Subterranean Termites: Wood Damage

Subterranean termites damage wood according to a distinctive pattern. These cellulose-loving insects can leave nothing behind but the wood grain.

Discarded Wings

Termite swarms may take place inside or outside of a home as mature termites leave the nest to start new colonies. Soon after swarmers take flight, they shed their wings. You may find small piles of wings in spider webs and on surfaces around your home’s foundation, like window sills.

Termite Swarmers

Swarmers from mature colonies typically leave the nest at one of two times per year – during the spring or during the fall. The exact timing of the swarms varies based on the species and weather conditions. Swarms on the exterior of a home may be missed by homeowners, as they are typically a brief event during the morning or afternoon – a time when many people are not at home. Formosan termites also can swarm at dusk.

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites build mud tubes (also known as shelter tubes) to serve as bridges between their colony and the wood they consume. These tubes are made of tiny pieces of soil, wood and debris, and are used to protect the colony from predators and conserve moisture.

Termite Mounds

While termites in the United States cause billions of dollars in damage every year, no North American termite species is known to build mounds. Termites that construct their colonies above ground live primarily in Africa and Australia. Whew!

Termite Droppings

After consuming wood, drywood termites often leave behind “frass” or droppings. These tiny fecal mounds often indicate a nearby termite infestation.

If you don’t want to be a termite expert – don’t worry, me neither – call a reputable pest control company (This is where you reach out to your trusted real estate expert advisor) and get a professional over to your home to investigate.

I recommend a termite inspection once every year. 

Depending on the time of year termites are most active may depend on your region, though I know Spring is a popular time for them in most cases. The inspection is inexpensive and well worth it in the long run to save your soul from the… Or I mean your Home’s, anyway! Left unchecked, you’ll be subscribing to Popeye’s steel home building techniques or worse.

For those of you who are thinking, “Who’s Popeye,” or you’d like to rekindle an old memory…

Back to fortune favors and inherited meekness…

Either way, being bold and otherwise proactive when it comes to termites is always a good idea. Your home is usually your largest investment and protecting it can only serve you for the better in the long run!

Please share this post with anyone you feel may benefit and as always, for more information on this or any other topic regarding real estate, whether building, developing, residential or commercial, investing, sales, repair and maintenance or just to reach out and say hello, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Your support is always appreciated. With gratitude!

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