Here at The Mims Firm, P.C., in Mobile, Alabama, we represent numerous homeowners who have found termite damage in their home after they bought it. We, therefore, understand what a problem termites present in this area.
Now comes a report by Mobile Real-Time News that, unfortunately, Mobile ranks first in the nation for termites. According to the report, the top five termite-prone cities were as follows:
- Mobile, AL
- San Antonio, TX
- Memphis, TN
- Tampa, FL
- Miami, FL
Other cities making this dubious Top-15 list included Los Angeles, CA; Orlando, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Baton Rouge, LA; Houston, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; San Diego, CA; Philadelphia, PA; and Little Rock, AR.
Why not New Orleans?
Surprisingly, our near neighbor New Orleans failed to appear on the list. Experts theorize that this could be the result of New Orleans taking termites seriously while Mobile fails to do so. In addition, the construction techniques used in New Orleans, plus the termite vigilance practiced by homeowners, could well be different than those in Mobile.
What’s a Mobile homeowner to do?
You should inspect your home for wood contacts with the ground, as these contacts can serve as a highway for termites to enter your home. If you have wood to earth contacts, remove them. In addition, be on the lookout for termite tunnels on your outside foundation wall. If you see these make sure you call your termite company.
Also, avoid moisture problems at your house. This can serve as a water source for termites, and in the event you have to litigate with your termite company, they will most certainly claim that they are not responsible due to moisture.
Finally, make sure your termite contract is a repair contract and not just a retreatment contract; and if at all possible, get a liquid treatment contract. Look at the bold print blocked language on the front page of your contract and ensure that you are not purchasing a “defined treatment contract,” or anything less than a contract providing for a comprehensive post-construction treatment.
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