Where are termites located?
It's common home buyers believe that having a termite inspection performed during a home isn't necessary. This is especially true in the northern states when in fact termites are found in every state of the United States and parts of Canada! Subterranean termites are the most common type of termites found in the United States.
What are subterranean termites?
Subterranean termites are native, soil-inhabiting insects that feed on wood, paper and other materials containing cellulose. They nest primarily underground and form extensive tunnel networks that allow them to travel far distances to locate food. Soil provides an environment that satisfies the high moisture requirements of subterranean termites. In order for them to keep from drying out, they need to be surrounded by high humidity when they are in the soil and when they are foraging above ground for food.
How much does a termite infestation cost?
Termites literally eat a home away so naturally that's where the biggest costs will be. The average cost to repair termite damage is $3,000, but that number vairies depending on the extent of the damage and exactly what they ate.
In addition to repairing the structure of your home, cosmetic damage is another factor and work may need to be done to hide the damage they did. Termites can create discoloration in drywall, plaster and other interior components, and cause floors to begin to buckle. Repairs typically run around $2,000, depending on the material damaged and what you choose to replace it with. Hardwood floors, for example, are far more expensive to replace than a few loose tiles.
For additional information visit https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/termites-how-identify-and-control-them