How to Deal with Termite Damage
April 24, 2017
There are many insects that can cause a lot of damage in the home. Some of them carry diseases and can make small children ill. People find wildlife roaming around the garden as well. These animals are larger and can be dangerous as well. However, termites are considered to be the insect which can cause some of the worst damage, eating into the wood of your home.
Damage Termite Cause to Wood
The problem with termites in the home, is that they are very difficult to spot. Most people don’t realize that these insects are eating away at their wooden furniture or wooden ceilings until it is too late. Because they work in colonies, they do damage very quickly, and the structure of the home begins to deteriorate over a short space of time. This makes it unsafe, and often families have to move out of the home for an extended period of time while their home is being repaired.
It is not only wooden homes that are threatened, but there are other materials that termites work their way through as well. For example, because of the large amount of numbers which these insects work in, they are able to work their way through plaster and floors. They can ruin roofs, ceilings and other types of surfaces.
There are certain types of species of these termites, some of which are more harmful than others. The one to watch out for is the subterranean termite which can do a lot more damage. It is important to look out for signs of these every so often, and to know what to look out for. You will usually come across wood that is bulging open. There may be ceilings that are leaking. Termites give off an odor which is similar to mold.
Repairing the Damage
The damage caused by termites can vary, depending on the type of termite, when you noticed the signs and the amount of insects in the colony. Expenses are huge in a case like this. In fact, in some cases it can be a natural disaster and be equal to that of a flood or a fire. Many people are not insured for termite infestation. It is necessary for a professional to have this checked out when you do notice there are signs of termite infestation. Sometimes, it can be mistaken for old paint peeling off the wall or a leak during the winter months.
Having an inspection from time to time will save you a lot of money at the end of the day. This is one thing to keep in mind when you are buying a new home. There are certain inspections that people make before signing on the dotted line. However, one often neglects to inspect for termites. This is something that people should never overlook, especially when it is an old home.
Termite Bait Stations to Monitor and Protect Your Home
Baits are placed at various locations around the home. This is then consumed and dispersed. The rest of the colony also consume the bait, and eventually they start to die off. With less termites, available, there is also less damage that occurs. There is an equal amount of bait placed at various points and this is monitored. This method seems to be working a lot better than previous techniques where one had to drill into walls and ceilings. One could never be sure where the termites were going.
The baits you get on the market are very powerful as well. They can get rid of the colony at once. One has to look at various products available, and this often depends on the type of termite that you are dealing with. However, one needs to repeat the process from time to time. Of course, the bait needs to be something that the termites are going to want to consume. For example, it can consist of some kind of wooden product with the bait that is inserted inside.
Some of the bait is located below the ground and some will be located near the furniture all walls. This will obviously be monitored over a period of time. It is something that a pest control company is more familiar with because knowing about the placement of the bait is vital.
This type of method also comes as a great relief for homeowners with some damage, and who are not keen on having furniture and walls being drilled, which obviously leads to more damage. The other option would be pesticides in the home, which most people are opposed to. Some people use liquid treatment, but there are pros and cons to consider with every kind of treatment that you come across. For example, the liquid treatment can be a problem where there is a lot of moisture and water in the area. It won’t be as effective.
When you want to stick to your budget, you will need to take the various treatments into consideration, but bear in mind your value for money as well. A cheaper product can help you out to a certain extent, but it can also do you more harm than good as well. The bait service is slightly more expensive, but it is a case of you pay for what you get. It is more advanced than any of the other treatments. There are more advantages to using this technique, and at the end of the day this is what you should be looking for.
Alliance Pest Services provides complete termite treatments, termite pre-treatments, termite monitoring and baiting programs.