Most termite damage in North America is from soil-dwelling, subterranean termites, which are very common throughout Florida. These tiny insects construct intricate underground tunnels in search of food. When they reach a cellulose-rich structure, like a dead tree or your home, the feast begins.

These silent destroyers are to blame for more than $5 billion in property damage each year, damage not protected by homeowners insurance. Although termites can be difficult to spot with the naked eye, some tell-tale signs include mud tubes, cracked or bubbling paint and soft wood that sounds hollow when tapped. It’s very important to keep vigilant and check for these signs on a regular basis so if you do spot something unusual you can act fast.

Experts at Falcon Lawn & Pest offers these tips to keep termites from making a meal of your home:

  • Keep attics and crawl spaces dry and well ventilated.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture and standing water around your property like leaking faucets, pipes and AC units on the outside of the home.
  • Divert water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Repair soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Dispose of any wood scraps and store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.