The Dogwoods are Blooming: Be Sure to Check for Termites

by R&I Consultants

Termite DamageDid you know that termites swarm when dogwoods bloom? Well, it’s that time of year again. The dogwoods are turning lovely shades of pink and white, which only means it’s time to check for termites. These critters cause more damage to homes each year than fires, floods and windstorms combined. Yet, termite damage is not covered by homeowners insurance in Atlanta. The good news is, though, the damage can be prevented.

Here are a few signs of termite damage (originally found on Orkin):

    Wood that sounds hollow when you tap on it. As they tunnel through the interior, termites leave thin layers of wood on the exterior.
•    Mud tunnels or tubes built along your foundation. These are travel tubes that allow termites to go from the nest to the wood source that contains food.
•    Piles of termite wings. As termites become adults, they molt and drop their wings.
•    Paint that appears to blister. Usually found indoors, blistered paint can be found in your basement or near your foundation too.

Also, look for the termites themselves. Worker termites are white and wingless, while the reproductive males and the queens have wings and are usually black or brown in color. Remember, even if you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there.

If you suspect a termite infestation, be sure to get an experienced professional to identify the problem. Usually, pest control companies offer a free inspection. Then, they work with you to develop an extermination plan and ways to address future infestations.

If you have any questions about your Atlanta homeowners insurance, contact Risk & Insurance Consultants today.  Just call 404-459-5975.

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