How Quickly do Termites do Damage?

How Quickly do Termites do Damage?

Terminating termites can be a daunting task. It is common knowledge that termites love wood and can be extremely destructive. But, how quickly do termites actually do damage? 

Here are some quick facts to help answer that question:

  • It usually takes three to five years for termite colonies to fully reach maturity and cause any major damage, and this is where the issue lies. 
  • Speed of destruction is not a major concern with termites, but the fact that they can go undetected sure is.
  • It would take one termite more than 3,000 years to devour a 1,000-square-foot home. Sounds great, right? Wrong… 
  • Colonies can include up to several million termites. That means there’s a lot of wood being eaten each day! It’s estimated that larger colonies can eat up to a pound of wood in just one day.
  • Termites are sneaky little pests and their damage can go unseen for months, or even years, especially if the area is hidden or underground. This damage can then cause hundreds to thousands of dollars in repairs

All that to say, it’s difficult to determine exactly how long it will take for termites to do a lot of damage on your home. However, if you spot any signs of termites or think you may have a problem, it’s vital that you have a professional check in and create a pest control plan to help eradicate and prevent future termites. 

That’s what we’re here for! 

We’d love to keep your house termite-free and damage-free. If you need an inspection or a treatment, contact us here. 

For more information on termites, check out these helpful articles:

Signs you may have termites

Some tips for getting rid of termites