It’s termite season here in the wiregrass.
The small pests can cost homeowners thousands of dollars in damage if their presence goes unnoticed.
Termites may be tiny. “They can access a hole that's 1/64 of inch to get into a structure,”
But they have quite the appetite. “They eat 24 hours a day. They can eat up to a pound of wood a week,”
Cale Glover is sales manager for Terminix.
He says every year, termites cause $5 billion in damage worldwide.
“They can structurally destroy your home, eat the sub floors, walls,” said Glover.
His team is tasked with taking down termites.
“I’ve been to one where the front porch had caved in the damage had been so bad,” said Daniel Miller with Terminix.
They say most people don't realize their homes are literally being eaten.
“You could walk by it everyday, I’ve seen damage in people's living rooms or dining rooms right next to the dining room table and they never notice it and we found it,” said Miller.
Termites are found in every state in the United States except Alaska. Now that's it's spring, they swarm, looking to start a new colony and can leave behind substantial damage.
“Well, it kind of looks like a cheese grater got a hold of the wood to be honest,” added Miller.
These termite terminators have a few suggestions to protect your home.
“Recommend keeping any kind of excess moisture away from the house. Keeping from stacking wood from outside of your house, anything like that will help,” said Miller.
And don't worry, they're not after you, just your home.
“They don’t' bite or anything so people aren't afraid of them but they can do a massive amount of damage,”
A lot of homeowner's insurance policies don't cover termite damage.
The average cost of repairs is about $3,000 dollars.