It is easy to forget about termites. Most of the time a homeowner will not see them until significant damage has occurred. If you have a current termite contract, then more than likely the company you are with inspects your home at least once a year. If you do not currently have a termite contract then I would highly recommend getting one, especially if you live in North Carolina.
It is understandable for homeowners to put this off though, especially in a tough economy. Termite contracts can be very expensive. Prices can range from $500 or $600 to around $2000 dollars for the initial treatment and $95-$250 per year to continue the contract. AAA Exterminating's prices are on the low side of that but it can still seem like an expensive proposition. I can honestly tell you from my years of experience the price is well worth it, because if your home suffers extensive termite damage, Homeowners insurance will NOT cover it.
So what should a homeowner do if they can't afford to treat their home for termites?
- Get a termite inspection at least once a year. (Many companies offer free termite inspections but you should understand that the majority of the time these are simply viewed as sales leads and what you are told may not be honest)
- The best option would be to order an official WDI Report for your home once a year. This inspection is NOT a sales tool. By law it must be accurate and honest. When a Pest Control company issues one of these reports they can be found liable for inaccuracies or falsely reporting the existence of termites.