One of the biggest concerns that I deal with when helping someone move to Myrtle Beach is the pesky insects that we have in our area. You know the ones I referring to, the ones that can destroy your home in rather short time, TERMITES! Unfortunately, termites are something that fairly common in the warm humid climates like Myrtle Beach.
They like the warmer temperatures, the moist ground, and sandy soil all make it pretty easy for them to dig tunnels through the ground. Add into that the fact that our ground doesn’t freeze and it makes for happy little bugs who get to terrorize us.
Back at the beginning of the Pandemic, my wife & I decided we were going to do some landscape work around the house which included adding a fresh layer of mulch to all the flower beds. So to help prep everything, we began weeding, and adding a few more plants to the ground.
Unfortunately, as we were digging holes to plant along our garage, we stumbled across some of these annoying insects about to have a feast on the studs in the wall. So I immediately reached out to a local pest control company and had them come to treat my home.
See, here in the south, termites are fairly common and aren’t that big of a deal as long as you watch for the warning signs of an infestation starting. Some of the tell tale signs are the active colony in the dirt like in my video, or sometimes you will find tunnels on the concrete foundation leading up to the wood.
If you catch an infestation early enough like we did, you should be able to get away with a simple treatment of the foundation of your home that will kill any termites nearby and prevent any damage to your home. This will keep your home safe from damage.
Now I’m not going to lie, if you do not get your home treated and ignore the signs, you could end up with Major problems down the road. I’ve seen houses where the entire garage had to be redone due to termite damage. They had to go and rip out all the drywall 8 feet up, and replace the damaged wood underneath. It was thousands of dollars of damage and weeks of mess to repair the damage from these tiny little creatures.
When your home in Myrtle Beach is treated for termites, one thing to always keep up to date after the fact is any type of bonds that the pest control company may offer. For example, the company that treated my house gives a lifetime warranty as long as I do the annual inspections with them where they will come and check to make sure the termites have not come back. This annual inspection is around $100-$150, but it much less than the cost of having to treat an entire home $1,000-$2,500, and definitely more affordable than handling the damage which could cost well into the thousands.
So in closing, if you find termites, don’t panic, simply reach out to a pest control company, have them treat the home and then keep the annual inspection up and you should be fine.