While termites are active all year long, they are less likely to be traveling in search of a new place to call home during the colder months. With the weather warming back up, termites are once again on the move. Termite damage left undetected and untreated can negatively impact the structural integrity of your home, causing floors and walls to buckle or even collapse. If you plan to sell your home, an active termite infestation can be a major turn-off to buyers.
Did You Know? Termite Statistics
Termite control is no small matter. Termites can cause dangerous and expensive damage to your home. Before you decide to forgo termite protection, consider the following statistics:
1. Each year in the United States, termite damage is discovered in around 600,000 homes and structures.
2. Subterranean termites have been found in 49 states–only Alaska is too cold for termites.
3. There are more than 2,500 different active termite species on planet earth.
4. Every year, termites and similar pests cause approximately $30 Billion in damage to agriculture, crops and man-made structures (including homes) in the United States.
5. Of that annual amount, at least $5 Billion is spent to repair and control termite damage to homes.
6. The typical homeowner in the U.S. who discovers termite damage in their home spends an average of $3,000.00 to repair that damage and remedy the infestation.
7. Most termite species consume between 2% and 3% of their total body weight per day.
8. In ideal conditions, a single healthy termite queen can lay as many as 30,000 eggs in one day.
9. A healthy, active termite queen can have a lifespan of up to 25 years.
10. A single colony of subterranean termites can grow as large as 5 million individuals.
The key to avoiding the hefty costs in the statistics above is to maintain year-round termite prevention and control measures. The Pest Force is your resource for everything you need to know to prevent a termite infestation in your home or other structure (garages, sheds, pool houses). Our technicians have the knowledge and expertise to help you take action to protect your home from becoming another statistic.