Most Homes on Long Island Will Be Attacked by Termites
Long Island’s sandy soils permit termites to travel easily from the colonies in soil into buildings. The advent of centrally heated homes has made it possible for termites to become a threat in virtually every region and state in the U.S
On the average, there could be as many as 13 to 14 subterranean termite colonies per acre, which means that a typical home may easily have three to four colonies situated under or around it. And because there can be as many as 1,000,000 subterranean termites per colony, the threat of infestation becomes a very real one indeed.
Termites have been able to survive for over 250 million years. Because of the highly structured nature of the colonies, termites are able to more efficiently adapt to changing environments.
You can insure your home against fire and storms, but not termites. Typical homeowner’s insurance does not cover this threat. Ironically, most homes are protected against the threat of fire and storms, but not the damage caused by termites.
Your home is naturally close to termite colonies. Foundations are usually built above the water table, and below the frost line, near where termites live.
Concrete slab and basement foundations are some of the most susceptible types of construction. Termites only need a crack of one-sixty-fourth inch in the slab floor to gain entrance into your home.
Once in, termites can infest virtually any part of your home — wood trim, siding, wallboard, even picture frames. Termites are able to travel up to 130 feet from the colony — and once they discover a food source, they leave a “chemical trail” for others to follow. Termites work 24 hours a day. “Worker” termites bring food to the colony through tunnels, without ever resting. Termites need moisture to survive and will die if exposed to sunlight or open air. Their tunnels protect them from the elements. High moisture areas like basements and crawl spaces are very attractive to them and can serve as starting points for infestation.
Call today to find out how to prevent termites in your home.