Kansas City is a city infested with subterranean termites with roughly 41% of homes affected. When you go to sell your home, refinance your home or buy your next home termites need to be on your mind. It might sound silly but these little guys can kill a deal faster than you could imagine. Termites cause over $5 billion worth of damage each year in the US alone. If you don’t get your home professionally treated or at least annually inspected you run the risk of allowing these destructive armies of wood destroying insects to turn your home into dirt.
An annual termite inspection is a great tool to use as a homeowner to catch a termite infestation. The quicker the termites are found in or around your home the quicker you can get it treated and limit the amount of damage to your home. If gone undetected for too long the amount of damage that can take place will leave you spending thousands in repairs. There’s no need to spend thousands on repairs when you can spend less than $100 on an inspection.
A termite inspection consists of thoroughly inspecting the interior and exterior of the home; focusing on unfinished areas inside and around the foundation on the outside. The interior inspection should consist of checking behind insulation where it can be reached, checking the integrity of the wood where it is exposed and scanning the walls checking for any imperfections related to termites. The exterior inspection should consist of walking around the foundation looking for any shelter tubes (mud tubes) that are coming from the ground and checking the integrity of any wood that is exposed and or touching the ground.
If you have found live termites, termite damage or just want to keep your home protected you need a termite treatment. Getting your home treated for termites and kept on an annual warranty is the best thing you can do to protect your home. No one likes to spend money and that’s understandable but when it comes to the structural integrity of a home it’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive. You can pay less than a thousand dollars for a termite treatment or spend several thousand in repairs, either way, you’re most likely going to have to spend money.
The process of a termite treatment consists of creating a barrier around the home with a professional grade termiticide or bait. The two best products on the market are The Sentricon System by Dow AgroSciences and Termidor HE by BASF. The Sentricon System is the best bait treatment available and Termidor HE is the best liquid available. If you are thinking about a termite treatment for your home these are the only two products you should consider; if a company isn’t using one of these two products they aren’t giving you the best treatment available.
Bottom line termites are everywhere and extremely destructive. Make sure you’re proactive and get your home annually inspected or treated with Sentricon or Termidor HE.