Recent statistics show that each year termites cause an estimated S5 billion in damage to homes in the United States. The average homeowner spends $3,000 to repair the damages. It has also been proven that termites do more damage to homes than fires, floods, and storms combined.
There are several species of termites but the Hampton Roads region is dominated by subterranean termites. These termites build distinctive tunnels, called mud tubes, from the ground to their food source in order to protect themselves from the open air. They use scissor like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they don't take off holidays Subterranean termites usually swarm, start new colonies, in the Spring. A full size colony can produce thousands of eggs a day and have numbers in the millions. These colonies do major damage when it comes time to feed again.