Over the years people have been complaining about termite infestations in their homes. The damage these pests bring about to wood structures, books, papers and bills, is costing home owners a lot of headache and money, and what’s worse is that this seems to be a never ending problem. So in order to get rid of termites, numbers of pest control companies are stepping up to plate to eliminate termites from homes and other structures.
Before, in purchasing a home or a property, a prior termite inspection was considered sufficient. However, significant number of property purchases have showed structural damage undetected from the inspection. For this reason, it is recommended to have the property checked by both a professional engineer to assess structural damage and a termite control specialist to suggest treatment options to control infestation.
As cellulose-eating insects, termites feed on not only wood, but also on paper and books. All those important documents you have in your possession are in danger of termite damage if your house is infested. The presence of moisture encourages this type of insect to inhabit a certain area, which is why you can usually find termite colonies deep below the soil surface. And in order to feed on wood or paper, they travel through mud tubes.
Noticeable termite damage to properties will usually take years and for an ordinary person to really observe significant signs of structural harm. This is because these termites work inside the wood structure, hidden. However, early discovery of termite infestation is always beneficial. By being conscious and watchful of your property, termite damage could reveal itself as dips or ridges under wallpapers or layers of paint. This could be a great tip on how to get rid of termites early on. And once exposed, it is evident that the termite-damaged wood appears degenerated, weak and rotten. Inside there will be tiny tubes that are similar to mud tubes which they use to move around the exterior walls.
Unmindful property owners may never detect termite activity even if there’s already serious termite damage until everything comes crumbling down. Ignorance to a property’s physical condition may prove destructive to such property. Consequently, it is best to be watchful for signs and be aware of the fact that termite activity may be concealed well behind the walls, under the floors, behind stored materials in the basement, or beneath the surface of structural wood beams. If discovered, may be it is time to call on the specialist to get rid of termites once and for all.
They say that prevention is the best solution to all problems. Prevent termite swarms by preventing them to grow colonies in your home. You can do this by repairing any water leaks and drippings from faucets, correcting gutter problems in order to control roof water, address drainage problems near the foundation, take out or move away all wood that is in direct contact with soil like firewood, cover vents with insect screens, fill all exterior cracks most especially between the foundation and house walls.