Termites are one of the most frustrating pests that homeowners have to deal with. Every year they damage an estimated 600,000 homes a year.
They can get into your home and destroy your walls, cabinets, and other wooden structures, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. A homeowner that discovers termites will often spend, on average, $3,000 in repairing the damages down to their homes.
That’s a lot of money for a bunch of bugs.
But how can you detect termites before that happens? When do you know to hire an exterminator or other pest control services?
The first thing you need to know is that termites don’t just effect wood. They are able to transverse through metal siding, plaster, and other materials. So they are able to gain access to your home through many means.
If you have termites, it is not recommended to try and treat them yourself. Call a professional to address the problem. They will examine the situation and offer many different routes of treatment, as well as solutions to prevent a repeat occurrence.
Termite damage can appear similar to water damage. An outward sign of termite damage can include buckling wood, swollen floors, and ceilings. Areas appearing to be suffering from slight water damage and visible mazes within walls or furniture. Termite infestations can also have a scent similar to mildew or mold.
If you are experiencing and of these sizes, contact your local pest control services in order to have an inspection. They will check known entry locations, such as where the home meets the ground. Door frames, deck posts, wooden support beams, and other such locations.
A way to prevent termite infestations from gaining access to your home is to install
what are termed “termite shields.” This route can be especially helpful if you are currently building a home.
“Termite shields” are metal shields put along the foundation of your home. These structures should be made of a non-corroding metal and should have no gaps. Once put into place, these structures should prevent termites from being able to get at the wooden foundations of your home.
No matter what, however, if you think that you have issues with termites in your home, seek professional assistance. An inspection at an early stage may save you thousands of dollars, and preventative measures can be taken for the future.
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