Why Termite Prevention Makes Sense
How much damage can a termite really do? Termite workers are between 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. That's small. The amount of damage a tiny insect like that can do is only going to cost you a few cents, right? Why would you want to pay out "dollars" to prevent "cents" worth of damage? Let's examine the problem.
It is estimated by some experts that it would take over 3,000 years for a single termite to consume the wood in a home that is 1,000-square feet. So, after 3,000 years, those cents would add up to some real money--the cost of your entire home. But you would be long dead before anyone would have to worry about the financial repercussions. The problem is, your home isn't going to be consumed by one termite. A termite colony can have hundreds or even thousands of individuals. How many years would it take 3,000 termites to eat a 1,000-square foot home? How about 100,000 termites? While there is no definitive answer, you can see that those cents can add up to real dollars.
When termites feed on a home, they consume the wood from the inside out. This has two extremely unfortunate consequences. First, you're not going to see it happening. Termites can quietly eat away at a home for years without being detected. Second, the damage they do to wood is only the beginning of the destruction that occurs. All of the wood of your home is connected. If you have support beams or wall studs that are weakened by termites, it can cause the whole frame of your home to warp. This can lead to bulging walls, floors that sink, doors and windows that stick, ceilings that droop, and more. And, when this damage becomes obvious, you're looking at thousands of dollars in repair costs.
While one termite might cost you cents, those cents can add up to big money. But, your equity isn't the only thing at risk. Our homes are more than a bunch of wood, sheetrock, plaster, and concrete. Our homes are where we make memories. If termites completely total your home, you may have to look for a new one. And, if termites attack your business, you may find yourself with the daunting task of trying to educate your customers on where they need to go to find you because your business has moved.
Termite damage can cost you a lot of cents. That is why termite prevention makes a lot of sense. When you invest in termite protection for your property, you decide how much you're going to allow termites to cost you. And you never have to wake up and find out that termites have been destroying your property for years. That is one heartache no one should ever have to experience.