Termites love nothing more than a warm home with plenty of real wood to devour. That’s what makes termites so destructive as a household pest – they can quickly colonize an entire home with months, especially with the presence of a queen on the premises. Termites in NYC present themselves as a serious problem for many within the five boroughs due to the age of the buildings found there.
Most modern real estate doesn’t have to concern itself with termites due to how the wood is treated but houses older then 20-30 years old should be regularly inspected by pest control professionals. If your neighborhood has a home or homes that have been abandoned, make sure that they too are being regularly seen by pest control. It won’t matter much if your infested home is cleared of termites if another home nearby is colonized with them; they’ll simply make a return and attempt to invade your house again.
Another common place to find termites is in wood piles and sheds.
We rarely think about these places becoming nests for termites but having a wood pile near the home gives them the perfect opportunity to move a queen in. Don’t leave your home vulnerable to these destructive pests. In the long run, they can potentially cost you thousands of dollars in damage. I had this happen to my first home. I ignored this decrepit tool shed in the backyard and had planned on simply tearing it down whenever I got the time. Little did I know how bad it really was (and it took no time to tear down thanks to the termites destroying the wood). Within a few months of moving in, the termites had followed suit and I was left with a $500 bill for fogging and repairs to the door frames they had devoured.