Termite inspection can save you money before Hurricane Dorian

A free termite inspection now can save you money on storm repairs later, says one expert.

TAMPA, Florida – Publisher’s Note: This story was originally published in June 2018, but has been updated with Hurricane Dorian approaching the Florida coast.

Something might be missing from your hurricane prep list: a termite inspection.

Fallen trees were a common sight after the high winds of Hurricane Irma swept through Tampa Bay. And since Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit land in Florida, you’ll likely see her again in the Sunshine State.

The annoying insects make houses and trees vulnerable to strong winds.

David Crenshaw of Crenshaw Termite & Pest Control has over 40 years of pest control experience. He says termite damage is a big reason trees and buildings collapse during major storms.

“They will eat the root system of a tree, they will eat the living branches of the tree, and in a storm it will blow over,” says Crenshaw.

While hurricane season preparation isn’t cheap, getting your home screened for termites is important.

“Most exterminators do free inspections,” he says. “So you’re looking for termites. They don’t want them to find it, but they are looking for it. I cannot stress an inspection enough. “

The free inspection even includes looking at trees around your home. Unfortunately, says Crenshaw, not many people use it.

Often, as during Hurricane Irma, after storm damage, homeowners find that their trees and houses are infested with termites, which costs much more in the long run.

“It costs about $ 700 for any structure that is less than 400 meters long,” he says.

Eight months after Irma, Crenshaw is still getting calls from homeowners who are finally getting OK from their insurance company to fix the termite damage.

A headache to avoid with a free inspection.

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