Termites: A Quick Developing Problem
November 15, 2018
Of all the pests in all the world, few are as destructive as the tiny termite. To look at this little bug, you wouldn’t think it could do much damage. Worker termites are only about an eighth of an inch long, while the reproductive termites get up to half an inch in length. To the untrained eye, they can easily be mistaken for ants, and who worries about ants?
In reality, though, homeowners do need to be concerned about termites. They cause over $5 billion in damage to homes in the United States alone every single year. That is a lot of money and a lot of damage.
The major problem with termites is that they can go undetected for long periods of time. A termite infestation could exist in your home for months, or even years, without your knowledge. All it takes to start an infestation is one little termite getting into your home.
How Termites Infest Your Home and the Damage They Do
Termites enjoy feasting on wet wood. Typically, when living outside, they’ll eat rotting trees, which helps them decompose. However, if there is a colony near enough to your home, they may find areas of your house that also seem like good dinner material.
Perhaps you have a wood deck, porch, or fence. Where these structures come into contact with the soil is a perfect place for termites to start snacking.
The closer they get to your home, the more likely it is that they’ll find their way inside. Even if you don’t have any water-damaged wood in your home, once established, termites are just as happy to chew on sound wood. Termites will dig tunnels through the wooden structures in your home, including support beams. They build nests within the wood and, once their numbers are large enough, they send out swarmers to reproduce and establish new colonies. What starts out as a seemingly small problem can quickly snowball into a very large problem.
If termites remain undetected, which often happens since they rarely come out into the open, you may not know they’re in your home until you start noticing bulging walls or sagging ceilings and floors. Once to that point, you have a serious and potentially dangerous structural problem on your hands.
How to Prevent Termites
Clearly, the best thing you can do when it comes to termites is to avoid them entirely. A home that doesn’t have termites will not suffer from termite damage. There are a few DIY prevention steps to take, as well as a fool-proof plan to make sure you never have to deal with termites.
- Termites need moisture to survive. Keep your lawn and property as moisture-free as possible. Divert water away from your home. Repair all leaky faucets and pipes. Replace water-damaged wood.
- Termites need wood to eat. Make it hard for them to find wood. Keep an 18-inch gap between the soil and any wooden structures you own. Store firewood far from your home.
- Termites need a way to get inside your home. They’re very small, so be sure to seal all cracks in your foundation. Look for damage to your siding and gaps around doors and windows, as well, and be sure to make repairs as necessary.
- Use a termite prevention service. Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions offers customized plans based on each customer’s specific needs. We can prevent termites from infesting your home and property with termite baiting systems and treatments.
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