The softness of the wood was alarming.
As you prepared to hand the new shelves that you received for Christmas you basically drilled right through the wood and watched it disintegrate before your eyes. As the pile of saw dust collected on the floor you realized that you might be facing a serious problem. Fortunately, the local residential pest control services was able to come out immediately. Sure enough, the control specialist found wood destroying organisms in several parts of your house. A complete infestation in some areas.
If you are facing termite damage in your home or at work, it is important to work with a pest infestation specialist sooner rather than later. Wood destroying organisms can do large amounts of damage in a short period of time. If they are not dealt with the damage that they do continues, often at an alarming rate.
The latest statistics indicate that U.S. residents spend an estimated $5 billion a year to control termites and repair termite damage. On an individual level, a homeowner who discovers termite damage will spend an average $3,000 to repair the damage. In most cases, the cost of hiring a pest control specialist is only a fraction of that. In fact, the average cost to hire an insect control service averages between $109 and $284 depending on the problem, according to HomeAdvisor. In comparison, contacting a specialist is only a fraction of the price a home owner would pay if a suspected pest control problem is allowed to worsen.
Consider these other facts and figures about the pest control industry, the problems they encounter, and the impact it has on the nation’s economy:
- Termites and similar pests cause an estimated $30 billion in damage to crops and man-made structures in the U.S. every year.
- 600,000 homes in the U.S. are damaged by termites each year.
- Removing piles of wood and other debris from around a home can limit infestations. Termites, for instance, eat wood and carpenter ants tunnel into wood to nest. Re moving rotted stumps and logs and keeping firewood at least 20 feet away and five inches off the ground can help protect a home or building.
- Maintaining at least six inches of clearance between soil and structural wood helps prevent decay, which attracts carpenter ants. This can also make it tougher for termites to find their next meal.
When a small home repair project unveils a termite infestation it is important to make sure that you call for professional help as soon as possible to stop the damage. As a preventative measure it is important to remove wood from around the building in order to eliminate potential homes for wood destroying organisms.
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