Termites


   At the client's request,  J.T. Brown Inc. will provide a termite inspection and report. For a small fee the client will know if there is visible evidence of wood destroying insects, wood damage and visible treatments.

   Most termites belong to the subterranean termite classification. This means they are able to tunnel their way into the soil. Subterranean termites are able to rapidly grow their colony size up to several million large in a relatively short amount of time.
   Subterranean termites are a little harder to detect in homes as they leave little evidence as compared to wood termites. You can generally find a subterranean termite infestation by finding a mud shelter tube on the side of a wall.
   In general, the majority of termites are thought to be a beneficial species in that they help break down dead wood and provide food for other life forms. Of course, when they get into the walls of your home, you may have a different feeling towards them.

   

MAINTENANCE TIPS TO HELP REDUCE TERMITE INFESTATIONS

1) If you live in an area where termites are a known problem, we recommend that you have your home inspected for termites once each year and before buying a home, or prior to selling a home.

2) Avoid wood to ground contact such as wood siding (6 inches minimum clearance between wood siding and the soil).

3) Wood decking built on the soil surface or wood members in contact with the soil should be treated.

4) Excessive moisture under or adjacent to the structure. AC condensate drain line draining next to the foundation or poor surface drainage. AC condensate drain line should drain at least 5 feet from the foundation. Poor surface drainage should be improved. Use the advice of a professional in this area due to the possibility of causing foundation and or drainage problems.

5) Foliage growing next to and/or on the structure (Vines and shrubs are common problems) should be trimmed back and away from the structure.

6) Wood pile adjacent to the structure should be removed.

7) Wood fence in contact with the structure should have at least 6 inches of clearance or be treated.

8) Wood used in and over foundation expansion joints should be removed and the joints treated.

9) Tree branches contacting the structure should be cut back from the structure.

10) Wood form boards left in place around the foundation should be removed or treated.