a termite's nest

Overcoming the Threat of Termites

Termites are harmless to our health, yet they can be devastating to our house. Termite infestation can weaken the house’s structure and make it vulnerable to collapse. Their subtle existence makes them even scarier to building owners as they will only be noticed once significant damages have already occurred.

However, we can still do something to make termite infestation least likely to happen.

Identifying the Signs

a swarm of alatesYou cannot exterminate a creature you cannot see. Once a mature termite colony reaches the mating season they will 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 follow up. Hire only services that provide a guarantee of their job. Otherwise, you may get a repeating termites problem.

Installing Termite-Proof Materials

a rotten wood plankTermites 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 termite-proof insulation materials such as thermafoam and foam glass which 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 come in powder form to be later mixed with water.

Regular Maintenance and Inspection

termites colonyTermites can damage the house if their infestation is left untreated. 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.