Ughh, We Have Termites!

When I first discovered termites at my home, I initially said, “Wow! Look at these white ants!” Within a moment of saying that, I realized that there are no white ants.

Over the past 6 months, I have come across a significant amount of Termite damage / activity while conducting home inspections. The activity was mostly centered in the Nashua, NH area.

As someone who studied the writings and teachings of Sun Tzu in the past, I always endeavor to understand my enemy better.

So let’s learn about termites!

The first thing to know about termites is that most termites cannot be exposed to any type of light. Typically, exposure to light – even a lightbulb, can kill them.

How do termites start in a house?

Subterranean Termite Entry Points

They typically enter homes at ground level or below, but they can build mud tubes to enter spots several feet above ground level. One of the most common ways termites get in your home is through wood-to-ground contact, including doorframes, deck posts, and porch steps or supports.

How bad are termites in a home?
Because termites feed primarily on wood, they are capable of compromising the strength and safety of an infested structure. Termite damage can render structures unlivable until expensive repairs are conducted.
How long does it take for termites to destroy a house?
As the colony matures, they can do significant damage, destroying a home’s structure in 5 to 6 years. The Formosan termite is one type of problematic subterranean termite, and they reproduce so rapidly that they can destroy a home in as little as one year.
The bottom line is, when I see mud tubes, or any damage consistent with damage done by termites, I take it very seriously as a home inspector.
At First Choice Home and Commerical Inspections, our inspectors are trained to look for insect damage. Our experience helps to protect your investment.

Michael McCarty
NH Licensed Home Inspector # 316
Vermont Property Inspector License # 143.0134099
HUD 203k Consultant # P-1939

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