3 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Termites
Termites are often unseen pests, but out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind. Ignoring termites is a bad idea, since they can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damage before you even notice they’re in your home. Termite damage usually isn’t covered by insurance, and it isn’t an easy fix. The first step to keeping your house safe from termites is learning some important things about them. How much do you know about termites?
1. They cause a lot of damage.
Termites are incredibly small pests. In the United States, the most common type of termite is the subterranean termite. They live underground and come up during the day to feed. They feed on wood, especially damp, soft, and damaged wood. If termites are living near your home, they can come in and out, eating away at the structure of your home. If you don’t catch them in time, they can cause serious damage to the wooden supports throughout your home. Termite damage can cause floors to bubble up, ceilings to droop down, and walls to bow outward. You may have trouble opening or closing doors and windows. And termites can spread throughout the house, damaging furniture and cabinets as well.
2. They can cause problems any time of year.
Did you know termites can survive almost year-round? Because they are primarily indoor pests, they can survive by enjoying your heating system throughout the winter. Some pests are more active during the summer and become a thing of the past come winter, but pests can still be hiding inside your walls even as the weather begins to drop. During the fall, keep an eye out for swarmers, flying termites. Swarmers are at the top of the termite hierarchy, and the only ones who can reproduce. They come out in search of a mate and a new home. If you see flying termites, or discarded wings, contact professional pest control services to inspect for termites.
3. DIY doesn’t work… but you CAN get rid of termites.
The last thing you need to know about termites and your home is that termites are not easy to get rid of. Some pests can be taken care of on your own, but termites are not worth the risk and effort. Some DIY solutions work as preventative measures. For example, things like orange oil or vinegar may dissuade termites from approaching your wood. Other preventative measures include keeping wood piles far from your home, properly sealing the exterior of your home, and using a dehumidifier to keep down moisture levels in your home. However, prevention is not the same as elimination. Once termites have found their way into your home, you don’t want to waste any time messing with do-it-yourself techniques. These take longer and are often ineffective. The results to a failed DIY experiment can be catastrophic. Instead, let Kingston Pest Control take charge. We act quickly so that termites don’t have time to cause any more damage. After reading this article, you know a few more termite facts. We have years of experience and training, and we know all the information we need for termite prevention and termite control.