It is Termite Awareness Week once again and that gives us a change to discuss one of our favorite topics—how to help Oklahoma home and business owners protect their homes and businesses from these crafty, wood-eating pests. We’ve already written about termites a few times this year—we predicted they would be one of the six pests that would pester you in 2016—and went in-depth on termite behavior and termite control in our February “Pest of the Month” post. We also wrote about the beginning of swarm season (reminder: it starts this month) and how you can tell the difference between winged termites and winged ants.
The most common and active termite species in Oklahoma is the Eastern Subterranean Termite. This underground pest is active from Utah to Minnesota and Florida to New York, liable to damage anything in this large swath. Oklahoma, right in the middle of this range and with the perfect climate and soil conditions, is an extremely high risk area for termites. Communities particularly at risk include Bartlesville, Broken Arrow, Edmond, Moore, Muskogee, Mustang, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Tulsa and Yukon. However, many other cities across the state are at high risk of termite damage.
We know you’re a savvy homeowner and are aware of the risks termites pose, but are you familiar with the specifics? Here are some statistics about termite damage you might not be familiar with:
- On average, 5 million homes in the U.S. have some kind of termite problem each year.
- All those termite damages add up to about $5 billion in damages each year—that’s more than the damages caused by tornadoes, earthquakes and fires put together.
- The average termite can travel 350 feet from their colony—which gives the average colony about a ½ acre range of destruction. So even if the colony isn’t right under your home you’re still at risk.
- In areas where the Eastern Subterranean Termite is active, it is estimated they will damage 1 in 5 homes within their reach.
- The average homeowner who discovers termite damage in their house will have to pay $3,000 in repair. Many have to pay much more than that to fix all the damages.
- Most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover the cost repairs for damages caused by termites.
- Repairing termite damage is a lengthy process. On average, most repairs last at least three months due to the extensive nature of the damage.
As you can see, termite damage can be pretty devastating. The last thing you want to do is leave it up to chance and be left paying the repair bills out of pocket. We firmly believe that when it comes to termites, the best offence is a good defense. And the best defense against termites is The Sentricon® System. This worldwide leader in termite protection has been continually proven the most effective defense against subterranean termites and has been praised by pest control professionals, university researchers and satisfied customers alike. The Sentricon® System has been trusted to protect everything from the White House and the Statue of Liberty to George Washington’s home and Congress. It’s also the only termite control system we use to defend our homes and the only one we recommend to our customers.
If you have any other questions about termites or termite prevention, or want to get a jump start on giving your home the best level of protection available, call the Certified Sentricon® Specialists at Arrow Exterminators. We offer pest control services to communities across Oklahoma including Bartlesville, Broken Arrow, Edmond, Grove, Kingfisher, Moore, Muskogee, Mustang, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Tulsa, Vinita, Wagoner and Yukon. You can schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation on our website or give us a call. You can also reach out to us on social media for information about termites and The Sentricon® System. We are on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.