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Are Termites Destroying Your Home’s Value Right Now?

Homeownership is a dream for many people, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Homeownership requires a significant investment of time, effort, and money from the initial purchase to ongoing maintenance. One of the most significant challenges homeowners face is dealing with pests, especially termites. 

The cost of termite damage repairs can be substantial, and prevention is key to avoiding these expenses. In this blog, we discuss identifying whether termites are destroying your home and how to protect your home's value against termite damage. 

Are Termites Damaging Your Home’s Value

Termite colonies can take up to 5 years to infest and grow to a size where they can cause serious damage to a home. Each year, it’s estimated that homeowners spend on average $2,500 – $3,000 per treated home, fixing termite damage, totaling an average of over $5 billion in damage and repairs. 

As a colony gets comfortable with your home (or prospective home), the termites can slowly start causing damage that will need to be repaired. 

Here are a few key tips to help prevent you from spending money on termite damage repairs:

1) Begin With A Professional Termite Inspection

Get a free termite inspection from The Neuse Termite and Pest Control and make sure that the damage hasn’t been done. If it turns out you do have termites, then luckily, you took action when you did. Each day that goes by with termites can be another day added to costly repairs. If you don’t have termites, no harm is done. With free inspections, you can’t go wrong.

2) Get A Second Opinion

If you’re buying a previously lived-in home, it may be worth getting a second opinion on termites. If the seller is providing the termite inspection, you may want to look into the company performing the inspection.

At The Neuse Termite and Pest Control, we have extensive experience with termites and are second to none in finding and treating termites. We can offer a second opinion on termite inspections for an added layer of security when buying your new home.

3) Take Action Against Termites– Schedule A Termite Treatment

That’s right, schedule the treatment, even if it’s preventative. When getting a termite treatment from The Neuse Termite and Pest Control, your treated home can repel termites for as much as ten years. 

Spending the money now on termite treatment - instead of finding damage, repairing your home, and then getting treatment done - is a worthwhile investment. In fact, we treat brand-new construction homes frequently to preserve the investment of new home buyers. Why not preserve your home’s value too?


The threat posed by termites is not to be underestimated. These silent destroyers can slowly eat away at the structural integrity of your home, often without any visible signs until significant damage has been done. This insidious nature of termite infestation highlights the importance of the above proactive steps.

4) Invest In Comprehensive Termite Prevention Strategies

Beyond the foundational steps of inspections and treatments, comprehensive termite prevention involves a multi-faceted approach to safeguard your home against these pests. It's essential to understand the lifecycle and behavior of termites to counteract their threat effectively.

Termites are attracted to cellulose-based plant materials, which is why wood becomes their prime target. However, it's not just the wood that's at risk; termites can damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems.

Environmental Control Strategies 

Creating an environment that's hostile to termites is key in preventing infestation:

  • Distance Between Soil and Wood: Ensure there is a significant separation between the soil and any wood components of your home. This includes deck posts, door frames, and exterior trim.
  • Use of Termite-Resistant Mulch: Opt for mulches made from materials less attractive to termites, such as cedar, cypress, or rubber. These can act as a deterrent compared to traditional wood mulch.
  • Trimming Vegetation: Regularly trim trees and shrubs to prevent them from making contact with your home’s exterior, providing a bridge for termites to enter.
  • Proper Drainage Systems: Install and maintain effective drainage systems to prevent water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Gutters and downspouts should direct water away from the foundation.
  • Repair Leaks Immediately: Leaky faucets, water pipes, and AC units can contribute to excess moisture, which attracts termites. Regular maintenance and prompt repair of these leaks are crucial.
  • Ventilation: Improve ventilation in crawl spaces, attics, and basements to reduce humidity levels. Vent fans can be particularly effective in these areas.
  • Slope Land Away from Foundation: Ensure the land around your home slopes away from the foundation to prevent water from pooling around the base of your home.

Regular Inspections And Maintenance Strategies

In addition to professional inspections, homeowners should conduct their own periodic examinations of their property, looking for signs of termite activity or conditions conducive to their presence. Pay special attention to:

  • Mud Tubes: These are used by termites to travel and protect themselves from the environment.
  • Use Borate on Wood: Treating wood with borate solutions can make it resistant to termites. Borate is a natural mineral that, when absorbed into the wood, prevents termites from digesting the wood fibers.
  • Seal Cracks and Crevices: Regularly inspect your home for cracks in the foundation, walls, and around windows and doors. Sealing these can prevent termites from entering.
  • Pressure-Treated Wood: For any new construction or repairs, use pressure-treated wood, especially in areas that are prone to moisture or direct contact with the ground. This wood has been treated with chemicals that deter termites.
  • Regular Maintenance: Periodically inspect wood structures for signs of wear, damage, or moisture. Replace or repair damaged wood promptly to avoid creating an inviting environment for termites.
  • Monitor Wooden Structures: Regularly inspect decks, fencing, and other outdoor wooden structures for signs of termite damage. Early detection can prevent a local infestation from spreading to your home.
  • Eliminate Wood Contact with Ground: Ensure that wooden parts of your home, such as siding, do not make direct contact with the ground. Maintain at least a 6-inch clearance to reduce the risk of termite entry.
  • Store Firewood Away from Home: Keep firewood, lumber, and other cellulose materials at least 20 feet away from your home and elevate them off the ground. This discourages termites from nesting near your home and potentially moving inside.

5) Education And Awareness

Homeowners should educate themselves on the types of termites prevalent in their area and their specific behaviors. This knowledge can significantly aid in early detection and prevention efforts. 

It is also important for homeowners to regularly inspect their homes for any signs of termite activity, such as mud tubes, discarded wings, or hollow-sounding wood. Knowing what to watch for is key to preventing a termite infestation.

6) Professional Partnerships

Building a relationship with a trusted pest control provider like The Neuse Termite and Pest Control can offer peace of mind and protection for your home. These professionals can provide regular inspections, treatments, and valuable advice on keeping your home termite-free.

The Neuse Termite and Pest Control also offers services for other common household pests such as ants, cockroaches, and rodents. With the assistance of a trusted pest control professional, you can rest assured that your home is protected from unwanted pests year-round. 

Plus, by taking preventative measures and addressing pest problems early on, you can save money in the long run on costly repairs and treatments.

Let The Neuse Termite And Pest Control Help Protect Your Home And Property Value

Protecting your home from termites requires vigilance, knowledge, and proactive measures. By starting with a thorough termite inspection, seeking a second opinion when necessary, and opting for preventative treatments, homeowners can significantly reduce the risk of termite infestation and damage. 

Incorporating environmental controls, regular maintenance, and professional advice into your termite prevention strategy further enhances your home's defenses against these destructive pests. Remember, the cost of preventative measures pales in comparison to the expenses and losses associated with termite damage repair.

If you're concerned about protecting your home from termite damage, don't hesitate to reach out to us at The Neuse Termite and Pest Control. Our expert team can provide you with a comprehensive termite prevention plan tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a free termite inspection and take the first step in protecting your home's value.

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