Nearly 11,000 homes are infested by termites each year in Columbus, Ohio. A significant portion of these homes suffer a severe termite infestation. You may not realize it, but termites cause astronomical amounts of damage every year in the U.S. It’s estimated that Termites alone cause up to $5 billion dollars worth of damage every single year. That’s more damage than fires cause to homes each year. You probably have fire insurance on your home, but, if you’re like most people, you’re not taking any preventative steps to prevent termites. Whether termites have infested your Columbus home, or you simply want to prevent them from doing so, we can help. Termites live in colonies, typically either in the ground or in wood. Unfortunately for you, they’re very good at going undetected while they cause damage to your home. Sometimes the damage is minimal, only requiring you to replace your kitchen cabinets. At other times, the damage can be very severe. Termites can eat away at the structure of your home until one day your steps cave in or a ceiling beam collapses. Fortunately, if you don’t yet have termites, there’s a number of steps you can take. Our Columbus termite exterminators have extensive knowledge about the species found here in Columbus and we tailor our approach to the termites you’re likely to be threatened by. We can treat the soil around the base of your home or business to prevent subterranean termites from entering into the building. The termites cannot detect the chemical as they’re moving in the soil, yet this chemical is lethal to the termites. It is possible for you to spot termites if you’re very aware of your Columbus home or business. You should inspect walls and foundations. If you notice tiny mud tubes running down the length of a wall, it’s likely to be termites. These mud tubes allow the termites to move from colony to colony. A more common way to detect termites is to find sawdust present near baseboards, window frames, furniture, or doors. If you notice either mud tunnels or sawdust, you should call a termite specialist immediately. Hiring a professional Columbus exterminator is the only way to ensure that you get rid of the termites and protect your family and home. Tips to Reduce Termite Infestations If your area is a known termite infested area, we recommend that you have your home inspected once each year. Avoid wood to ground contact. There should be a clearance of minimum 6 inches from ground. If wood decking is built on the soil surface, period checks should be performed. Vines and shrubs around the house should be regularly trimmed to avoid heavy foliage. Tree branches contacting the structure should be removed. If you have any termite questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (740) 279-1025.