Pest Control

What to Do When You Discover Termites

What to Do When You Discover Termites

What to do when you have termites is another common question. You’re probably already familiar that termites live primarily in the soil or in underground tunnels that are connected to the forest where they’re feeding, but that’s not the only place termites can be found. Sometimes termite can be found in the wood used to build your home.  If you aren’t sure that you have termites or not then here is what to look for.

Getting an Inspection

You should have your home inspected for termite damage at least once a year to see if there is any trace of an infestation. You should call a technician to come out and assess your situation and see what the best course of action would be if treatment is needed. There are a few things you can do to prevent termite damage from occurring, and a good contractor will work with you to make sure that those things are taken care of.

Termite Treatment

The first thing that you want to do when you have termite problems is to make sure that you have the proper equipment and manpower on hand to deal with the problem. Professional termite technicians are equipped to handle the most difficult cases, so don’t hesitate to call in one if you think you have a termite problem. There are several different kinds of equipment that can be used to manage termite infestations, including baits and liquid termite treatments.

Once the professional pest control technicians arrive, you can determine which areas of your property need to be treated with chemicals. Termite damage is often caused by the female termites laying eggs in the wood. The best way to exterminate these creatures is with a liquid that is applied through hoses to the area where the termite problem is occurring. This liquid will penetrate the wood and will kill off the termite that is in it.

Termites in Older Homes

Termites are a bigger problem if you own an older home rather than one that has been constructed in the past 10 years.  Newer homes are built with less wood and the wood has been treated so that it repels termites.  If you have an older home or you’re considering buying one then make sure you get a termite inspection.

The last thing that you want to know about when you have termites is that they don’t go away on their own, they aren’t seasonal like ants. The slow-moving termite species can actually eat through wooden foundation walls, and this could result in your house leaking or even sinking if you are not careful.

One of the best things that you can do is call a licensed contractor who is familiar with termite damage, since this is one of the most common causes of structural problems. A qualified contractor can easily determine whether your house is suffering from subterranean termite infestation and then can recommend the best methods of treatment to solve the problem.