If identified early enough, getting rid of a termite infestation is a breeze.
We’re all familiar with the tendency for termites to damage wood. What we might not be familiar with is the fact that termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage around the world, year after year.
Today, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know to keep a termite infestation at bay and save you thousands of dollars in repair expenses.
How Do I Know My Home Is Infested?
Finding winged termites indoors is a sure indicator that you have an infestation that requires treatment. The light naturally attracts the termites; thus, you can often find them near to windows and doors.
People usually confuse termites with ants, as both insects tend to swarm at around the same time of the year.
Termites carry straight antennae, wings of equal size, and a uniformly thickened waist. On the other hand, ants have elbowed antennae, forewings that are longer than their hindwings, and a constrained waist.
How Can I Prevent An Infestation?
If you’re in the process of building your new house, be sure to use a concrete foundation and leave a sufficient ventilation space between the soil and wood. Cover exposed wood surfaces with a sealant or metal barrier, as well.
If you’ve already built your house, ensure the soil around the foundation is kept dry, and the openings that offer termites access to the structure have been closed.
Aside from the points mentioned above, here are a few precautionary steps you can take:
- Fix leaks promptly.
- Do not store or pile wood debris or firewood next to the house.
- Ensure that you do not plant shrubs too close to the structure.
- Inspect your property for termites periodically.
If you find yourself in a situation wherein termites already infested in your house, you’ll have to focus on the cure rather than the prevention. The following are a few safe ways to get rid of infestations without the help of insecticides:
- Build a physical barrier surrounding vulnerable areas.
- Incorporate steel mesh or sand as makeshift barriers.
- Make use of biological control agents such as fungi and nematodes.
Does the Whole House Need Treatment?
If you find a termite infestation in one area of your household, it isn’t safe to assume that there aren’t any other colonies throughout the house.
Subterranean termite colonies can contain thousands and thousands of individual termites foraging in numerous directions. Due to this, localized spot treatments are usually not recommended.
Most reputable pest control firms recommend that the entire house be treated because termites usually find (or burrow) themselves other entry points into the building.
What If Nothing Works?
If your DIY treatments aren’t working, it’s best to call a professional. Pesticides can be harmful to your family and pets. Reputable pest control companies know how to handle these chemicals carefully.
Find a firm that is licensed by your state. Ask the company to provide their license. If you have any concerns, call your local pesticide regulatory agency.
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