Is Your Home At Risk?
Determining your risk factor for termites is an important step in beginning treatment. Not all homes are built alike, so each home needs a thorough assessment by a certified Orkin termite inspector to identify the unique characteristics that increase the likelihood of an infestation.
But you should be aware of the common risk factors that attract termites to most homes.
If you can answer “yes” to any of these scenarios, you could be at risk for a termite infestation.
- The frame or siding of your home is made of wood and sits on a slab less than 6 inches thick
- Your home lacks gutters or they empty close to your home’s foundation
- Utility pipe entry points in your foundation are not sealed
- You have bath traps
- Your air conditioning unit produces condensation that pools near your foundation
- You use mulch for outdoor plants and shrubs
- You have trees or shrubs planted within 2 feet of your home
- You have an inaccessible crawl space or have never inspected your crawl space area
- You have foam plastic insulation barriers on the exterior of your home, inside your crawl space or under your garage slab
Your home’s potential for a termite infestation is also impacted by your geographical location. Homes in the southeastern U.S. are much more likely to suffer termite damage than homes in the upper Midwest. Those near water stand an even greater chance of experiencing a termite infestation.
Know your risk factors and what you can do to stop termites from destroying your home. Start by calling the home pest control experts at Orkin for your FREE quote on termite inspection, prevention and treatment. It’s your guaranteed solution to keep your home termite free.
Other Types of Termite Treatment
Subterranean termite infestations are by far the most common in the U.S. But drywood termites are also a major problem, particularly in southern coastal states and in the Southwest. These termites need no contact with the soil to survive, and can live in extremely low-moisture environments. This makes the drywood termite a seriously resilient pest.
Drywood termites spread quickly through homes, consuming wood products, paper and plant material. By the time an infestation is discovered, these pests have usually done significant damage.
The only way to properly treat drywood termites is with whole-home fumigation. This traditional treatment method can be done safely in a matter of days. It’s also very effective. But only when you call the Orkin termite control team.