Four Seasons has been helping homeowners protect their biggest investment for over 30 years now. We remain committed to being the best termite control provider based on a philosophy built by experience and knowledge. We recommend that you do your homework and take your time selecting a termite treatment provider. The process can be expensive and is normally not covered by homeowner’s insurance policies.
Termites are responsible for an estimated $5 billion dollars in property damage each year and more than 5 million homes in the U.S. have some type of termite problem. In the central Illinois area we deal mostly with subterranean termites. These kinds of termites live in underground colonies and tunnel through the soil into the structure, thus making it very difficult to realize a problem exists. The only visible signs are their distinctive “mud tubes” inside the home or on the exterior near the foundation. Subterranean Termites are extremely fragile when exposed to open air and these tunnels help keep them moist and out of the light when moving between the wood in your home. (For example in a crawlspace when they go from the foundation, up the wall, and into the floor.) These kinds of termites will feast on the wood in your home 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, and their colonies can include upwards of 2 million members!
Well unless your home was protected in its construction (and depending on how long ago that was) your home is susceptible to an infestation. While you yourself can’t treat your home for termites, there are measures you can take to help remove conditions that make your home more appealing them. Termites (and carpenter ants) love and seek moisture, so avoiding moisture accumulation around your foundation is a good start. Doing things like making sure your eave-spouts are diverting water away and preventing vegetation from covering the crawlspace vents will help. Making sure that you have proper ventilation in your crawlspace to avoid dampness and removing old stumps around your foundation are a few other ways.
So whether you need an inspection to see if you currently have a problem, or termites are there and you need a full-out treatment to eliminate the colony, just give Mark here at Four Seasons a call and you can rest assured he will take care of any and all your termite needs.