Termites are harmless to our health, yet they can be devastating to our house. Termites infestation can weaken the house’s structure and make it vulnerable to collapse. And to make them even scarier to building owners is their subtle existence. We will not notice them until significant damages occur.
However, we can still do something to make termites infestation least likely to happen.
Identifying the Signs
You cannot exterminate a creature you cannot see. And luckily, a mature termite colony will reach the mating season and send away the winged troops to look for mates. That flying version of a termite is also known as an alate. Once you see a swarm of alates near your house, you have to track down their source.
However, by the time a colony produces alates, they have existed for at least six years. When you get to their nest, the chances are that you are going to find some damaged wood structures. Or, they may also nest from nearby trees. But even that situation is still threatening because the colony will get to your house sooner or later.
If you notice the signs, but you are unable to find the infestation source, then you must call an exterminator. Browse for a local pest control service and visit the website. Learn their methods and followup. Hire only services that provide a guarantee of their job. Otherwise, you may get a repeating termites problem.
Installing Termites-Proof Materials
Termites feed on wood. And to some people, wood is vital to their aesthetic preference. Therefore, using only metal to construct a house may not be an option. Besides, the construction cost for such building can skyrocket.
First, the attic insulation is the riskiest place for termites infestation. The wool and foam that fills the space in the ceiling can be a perfect place for termites to breed. Luckily, there are termites-proof insulation materials, such as thermafoam and foam glass. They are manufactured with eco-friendly pesticides that can repel termites and other bugs.
Second, window and door frames are also susceptible to termites. You can paint them with termiticide-infused wood preservatives. Those products use borate solution. And usually, they come in powder form to be later mixed with water.
Regular Maintenance and Inspection
Termites can damage the house if their infestation is left untreated. And to prevent such condition from happening, you have to make sure that you check every corner of the house regularly. You have to visit the attic and clean it at least once in three months. Also, check your basement for plumbing leakage. Termites need water to survive. And the combination of leaked water and firewood logs in the basement can be a welcome sign for termites.…