You don’t need a flood or storm or fire to cause dramatic damage to your home. “Silent Destroyers” can do that too. Termites are a common cause of serious pest problems, and the scope of the damage they are capable of causing is usually underestimated. Nobody expects these insects to silently, under the radar, consume various cellulose-based materials in your home for quite of the time before obvious alarming signs of damage are noticed. In fact, an average colony of termites is capable of eating through your floor, walls, furniture, foundations, even shelves with books. The activity of termites is usually noticed too late when the damage becomes costly, and most materials require full replacement, rarely repair.
How to spot the invaders?
To spot the “silent invaders” on time, you should know where to look. Termites usually live in wooden structures and items, including both indoor and outdoor house items. Think of cracks in your floor or walls, joinery, trees surrounding your home or anything similar in your residence. Termites live in colonies, often in humid places, soil included. The colony is dynamic, and as they eat through the wooden structures, termites dig impressive labyrinth of tunnels. Once you spot one colony, the chances are you’ll find at least another one at some place near around. If your house is invaded by subterranean type of termites, you’ll probably find them digging tunnels in soil. Drywood termites will settle colony somewhere in wooden constructions, and various sources of light attract termites with wings.
Warning signs you shouldn’t miss
You will rarely spot the whole colony without active looking for one, but you might come across a significant number of insects around your house, light sources or some wooden elements. If any wooden construction in your home sounds hollow, suspect termites. If you notice recently cracked paint or walls or cracks in the floor, also suspect termites. Mud tubes are a sign of colony activity, and termites sometimes leave discarded wings behind.
How to prevent a termite infestation?
There are few interventions you can conduct to protect your home from these invaders, all based upon the facts about termites and their life and habits we are familiar with. Termites thrive on moisture. So, eliminate any source of it. Fix leaking problems, keep your gutters clean, drain any excessive water or mood you have around your house and keep your premises actively ventilated. Another thing you can do to prevent termite infestation is to deprive them of their food. Conduct occasional routine checkup of all wooden constructions in or outside your home. Re-paint wooden items from time to time. Keep your backyard clean by removing debris, dirt and leaves regularly.
Vacuum your furniture thoroughly and avoid piling up books or paper in humid places. However, if it happens that your house gets infected in spite of all prevention, the best is to hire professional to deal with these invaders. Only professional with their specialized equipment are capable of eliminating termites completely and preventing them from coming back.