Virginia Homeowners Beware Termite Season is Here

Posted by David Outhous on Aug 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM

During the spring, termites look for a place to live and eat – and they stay there for what seems like forever. Getting rid of termites becomes an on-going battle once they get near or into your home. Virginia has several types of termites, including Formosan termites, conehead termites, subterranean termites, dampwood termites and drywood termites. Look for signs of termites to see if you have a termite infestation.

What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

Termite damage depends on the type of termite you have, though most have the same termite damage signs. A termite colony can leave a lot of damage – so much so, in fact, that it could compromise the structure of your house. You could even find termite damage in drywall. Signs of termite damage include:

  • Nail-sized holes in wood.

  • “Sawdust” piles on the floor. The sawdust is actually termite droppings. You’ll usually find it near windows and doors.

  • Pieces of broken termite wings.

  • Mud tubes created by termites to connect their food sources. You might find mud tubes on the porch, at the base of stairs and through ceilings.

  • Fissures in the wood in your home. You might not notice them at first, since they are in the wood, but if you tap on a board and it sounds hollow, it is probably full of termite fissures. You can also puncture the wood with an awl to see the fissures.

Subterranean termites like moist soil and any wood that is in contact with the soil. Look for signs of these anywhere wood touches the ground, such as around a porch. They build shelters that look like tubes. Formosan subterranean termites eat through wood structures from the bottom up and do much more damage than subterranean termites. The colonies grow fast since the queen can lay over 1,000 eggs. Formosan termites will also infest trees and boats, and will chew through electric cable insulation. Drywood termites prefer the framing of the house and wood furniture.

Termite Damage Repair Cost

Termite repair cost depends on the type of termites you have, how much damage they’ve done, and the type of treatment you need. Treatment could range from $3 to $16 per linear foot for chemical extermination. Bait systems could run from $8 to $12 per linear foot for initial bait placement. If you need to tent for termites, you could spend from $5 to $20 per linear foot. Finally, if you need fumigation, you could expect to spend between $10 and $20 per linear foot.

Repairing damage costs depend on what type of damage the termites did, and how extensive the damage is. If termites ate through the floor joists and other support beams, you could add another beam to the existing beam. However, if the damage is bad enough, you might have to replace the entire beam, which could mean that the contractor has to jack up your house or remove some of the floor or wall.

If you have plans to renovate and you also have termite damage, eradicate the termites first, then you can do the renovations. Because you might be tearing out part of the wall or floor for the renovations, you might be able to save some money on the renovation.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

If you see signs of termites, contact RichPro Pest Management as soon as possible. The sooner you get rid of the termites, the less damage you’ll have to deal with, which means you’ll spend less money on repairs.