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How Much Damage Do Termites Cause

Termite damage

Termite infestations, when left untreated, have potentially devastating effects on your property. These pests are notorious for causing structural damage by eating away at the wood within your home. The destruction they cause can be so severe that it causes walls and ceilings to collapse.

Termite terror doesn’t end there. So just how much damage do termites cause? Read on for the eye-opening figures:

The Staggering Stats

  • Yearly termite damage: the numbers vary, but it is estimated that termites are responsible for a whopping $5 to $30 billion to structures in the U.S. alone.
  • Repair costs: it’s estimated that it costs homeowners at least $3,000 to repair termite damage.
  • Amount of wood consumed: some termite colonies can devour up to 1 lb of wood per day. Most types of termites consume about twice their body weight per day.

Structural Damage

Termite damage on doorway Because termite infestations go unnoticed for months (or even years in many cases), the damage is usually extensive by the time termite activity is discovered. That means that termites have been feasting on the inside, unseen wood within the walls of your home or office building. Because termite damage varies, the destruction they cause is dependent on a few factors:

  • Termite breed
  • Size of the termites
  • The population of the termite colony
  • The amount of moisture available

Beyond Structural Damage

Termite damage often extends to other aspects of a structure.

The excess moisture termites create behind walls results in bubbling and blistering that resembles water damage in appearance. Their fecal waste, known as “frass,” leaves an unpleasant odor that lingers in the air and penetrates the walls. Frass also causes stains and discoloration on walls. Unfortunately, sometimes the only way to remove these stains and odors is to knock down the walls and rebuild them.

How Much Damage Do Termites Cause?

Well, it depends on when you catch them. The longer a termite infestation is left to fester, the more damage they will cause. If caught quickly, you may only have minor repairs to make. However, if left unchecked for extended periods of time, the damages can be extensive and costly to repair. It’s recommended that homeowners schedule termite inspections every year or two

Stop Termite Damage Before it Starts

The pest professionals at Green Pest Solutions are trained to recognize the very first signs of a termite infestation. Let us inspect your property to prevent serious termite damage. We can also apply regular treatments to prevent termites from becoming a problem. If you suspect termite activity in your home, contact us today online or by calling us at 855-312-7157.

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