Termites are eusocial insects that live in large colonies and primarily live on the consumption of dead plant material, typically leaf litter, animal dung, wood and soil. Termites and other wood-destroying pests attack thousands of homes every year. It is essential that homeowners know the importance of regular termite inspections.
The inspection process should be carried out by qualified termite professionals. If a problem is detected early, the total amount of damage that termites can cause can be drastically reduced. In cases where an inspection is not done and treatment processes are not carried out, termites can cause many dollars in repair and ruin the foundations of a home.
In most instances, warning signs of infestation can be difficult to spot by. Even if the problem is out of sight, it should not be placed out of mind. Termites are known as the silent destroyer and are able to tunnel deep within a feeding site or a home’s foundations. They can be hidden and thrive within an area, although no immediate signs of damage may be present.
There are many kinds of species that exist in varying climates and eat a range of foods. Still, there are only a few things these creatures need in order to survive; shelter, food, optimal temperatures and moisture. Every home, regardless of model, size or style, can provide liveable conditions for termites. These problems can be fixed and even avoided altogether if regular inspections are carried out.
Even if a professional inspector gives your home the all clear, you can take preventative actions to protect your property. For instance you can begin by eliminating areas of moisture. This will include the removal of excessive plant coverage and wood mulch, fixing leaks, maintaining clean gutters and down-spouts, sealing all entry points near water or utility pipes and lines, getting ride of water on the roof, redirecting water from the foundation and making sure vents stay open and clean. It is suggested that anyone considering a home purchase have an inspection done in advance.
There are some warning signs to look for when it comes to termite infestations. You should take note of; cracked or bubbled paint, discarded termite wings, mud tubes present in crawl spaces, wooden beams or exterior walls, termite droppings, and swarms of insects in a home or the soil near a home. Another sign is wood that makes a hollow sound when tapped.
Termites are a natural part of the environment. But, when they start to live off of the wood of a home, the strength and safety of the home’s structure becomes a concern. The amount of damage caused by infestation can cost a lot of money if left unattended or not discovered. Fortunately, termites are not believed to pose significant danger or illness to humans.
Termites are a type of insect that live in colonies. This species is known for eating many of the materials used to construct homes and buildings. Termite infestation can cause major damage to properties. If the situation is not taken care of, the insects will eat up the foundation of a structure, which will compromise its overall safety and strength. Homeowners should be aware of the importance of regular termite inspections, as well as prevention techniques and warning signs.
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