How to Identify and Get Rid of Termites in Your House?
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How to Identify & Get Rid of Termites in Your House?

Termites are one of the worst nightmares of any homeowner. You see, while other hazards are too noisy, smelly, or wet to ignore, termites can slowly erode the integrity of your home for years without you even noticing. Still: 

  • How bad does this damage get?
  • How to solve the problem?
  • What should you do in order not to allow it to repeat?

These are just some of the questions that we’ll try to address. 

Why should you care?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is – why should you care? After all, termites are not known to carry any disease harmful to humans, so, other than the fact that some people feel uneasy around the insects, is there really a reason to fear them?

Well, you see, termites cause property damage to your home and its inventory. Even the structural wood of your home can be harmed by termites, thus putting the construction of the place at risk. While it may take them years to cause this much damage, you shouldn’t be surprised if you eventually notice cracked walls, foundation issues, or even damage around doors and windows caused by termites.

All of this is more than serious enough, and it definitely requires your close attention. After all, it’s not just the property/value damage but the safety of your own family that’s at stake.

How do you recognize a termite problem?

This problem is quite delicate for a number of reasons. First of all, you need to understand that waiting for signs of termite damage to become easily noticeable is never the best course of action. This means that the matter is already out of hand and that the damage is already substantial. Instead, you need to be on an active lookout for these signs of termite damage.

The most obvious symptom of a termite problem is the damaged wood; however, this happens relatively late in the process. Before that, you’re likely to notice the so-called mud tubes. These are the brown tracks made out of dirt and mud across flat surfaces. This is a road of sorts, made by the termites so that they can travel from and to their colony more easily. Lastly, you might start seeing signs of scattered termite wings near the wooden surfaces of your home. This is a clear sign that your termite problem is already in its full swing.

While all of these symptoms are quite definitive, they might not reveal enough about the origin, nature, and stage of the infestation. This is why hiring a professional to conduct a termite inspection might be a better solution. 

How to remove termites from your home?

There are several ways in which you can get rid of termites, some of which need to be administered by professionals. First of all, you want to place some termiticide barriers and create a perimeter around your home. After all, killing termites is pointless unless you can prevent the reinfestation of the space. These barriers are quite good at making your home into an impenetrable fortress.

Inside of your home, you can directly spray chemicals on the insects. Spraying this foam into cracks and voids through which your home gets infested is an effective way that’s completely safe for humans. Its effects last for about a month, after which you might need to repeat the process.

Another efficient method is the so-called termite baits. They are installed around your home. They’re designed to poison termites, but since they have a delayed reaction, the poison probably won’t activate until they’re back at the colony. This helps you solve the problem at its root.

Drywood termites can sometimes be fought with the help of essential oils or spot treatment. Then again, boric acid is a known solution against both subterranean and dry wood termites. The choice is yours but, as we’ve already stated, it’s for the best to consult professionals.

What are forms of prevention effective against termites?

Let’s say you’ve just solved your termite problem; how do you prevent it from reappearing? There are a couple of methods that you should try out.

First, you want to check for leaks. This means inspecting your plumbing system but also taking a close look at your gutters and pipes. You see, termites can’t live without moisture (especially subterranean termites). In some instances, it’s even worth checking your wood cladding for signs of swelling.

Next, you need to fill in all the cracks and crevices. No matter how small they are, they still need a breaching point in order to enter your home.

Lastly, no matter how hard you try, the place will never be 100% safe. This is why you need to perform regular inspection rounds. Even if there is an infestation, spotting it at an early stage will make things a lot easier.

In conclusion

Remember, while it is not easy to completely eliminate the risk of termite infestation, there are ways to keep the likelihood of this problem to a minimum. Knowing why these things matter will provide you with the necessary motivation. Understanding how to get rid of them will help you determine your future course of action. Lastly, learning a thing or two about prevention will provide you with the cheapest and simplest solution to this problem.