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New Homeowners Guide to Termite Prevention

When you are buying a new home, there are many things you need to consider. You’ll have a home inspection, of course, during which the inspector will check the home’s foundation, structure, heating and air system, roof, windows, and plumbing. An additional thing to think about, though, is termite prevention. You will want to have a termite inspection before you buy the house because as a new homeowner, you won’t want to have to deal with an infestation. Rather, it’s important not only to have an inspection but also to put termite prevention measures in place so that your new home will be protected.

When you hire someone from a termite control company to inspect your home, you can also get advice about how to prevent termites. Some of this has to do with home maintenance, like being vigilant about fixing any water leaks and keeping shrubbery trimmed away from your house. Another component of termite prevention, though, is preventive termite treatment. This is a prudent idea even if your home has no visible signs of termites. Here are some reasons why:

  • Termites are extremely destructive. These wood-destroying insects can destroy your home from the inside out, eating through the wooden structure of the home and making their way through insulation, cabinets, and any other cellulose-based part of your home. They can feed on trees and shrubs around the house and can destroy paper and cardboard, including any boxes or books you have stored. They do billions of dollars worth of damage to properties in the United States every year, damaging about 600,000 homes annually.
  • Termite activity can also be almost completely invisible to a homeowner. While there are certain signs that you may spot, like mud tubes on exterior walls, an inspector is an expert who is more likely to uncover evidence of termite activity. This is why it is so crucial to have an inspection before you buy a home. While there is no federal mandate, and very few states require termite inspections, an inspection is a smart move on the part of the homeowner. In addition to providing you with a clearance letter to give your mortgage company, a termite inspector can give you peace of mind about your new home.
  • Termite damage is expensive. Data from the National Pest Management Association indicates that termites cause more than five billion dollars in property damage annually, and most of this expense is not covered by homeowners’ insurance. Preventing termites from infesting your home is far more cost-effective than paying to repair the damage they’ve caused after a colony gains a foothold.
  • Termite prevention can be very effective. Hiring a termite control company to apply preventive measures can ensure that termites will have a difficult time attacking your home. Once you’ve had your inspection, your inspector will be able to create a comprehensive plan to deal with any termites you do have and prevent any future infestations.

At MightyMite Termite Services, we’ve earned a reputation as experts in California termite control. We perform termite inspections to ensure that your home is free of termites and work hard to help you keep it that way, using treatments that are naturally derived and have a low impact on the environment. We diagnose and treat infestations with the most effective methods and unmatched warranties, solving your termite problems the first time, with the industry’s best “no call-back rate.” That, combined with our experience, technology, and highly trained professional staff, makes us the leading extermination company in the Bay Area. We understand that your home is your most important investment, so we work hard to provide excellent service, utilizing best practices to solve our customers’ termite problems. For more information, email, call us today at 408.335.7053, or contact us through our website.