People who deal with various kinds of pests often argue which type are worst. Some claim that mosquitos make life unbearable, while others complain about that tiny ants interfere with their ability to prepare food in the kitchen. One thing you can’t argue with is dollars and cents. Termite infestations are an annoying as well as an expensive problem and can destroy hundreds and thousands of dollars in property. If you take pride in your home’s woodwork and custom-made cabinets and tables, a termite infestation is the last thing you want to see. Termites are not easy pests to tackle, so you need to find experts who can get the job done efficiently.
How Termites Do So Much Damage
Termites seem to come out of nowhere and cause havoc. As with many small insects, there only need to be a few to result in hundreds or thousands in a short time. Like small ants, they are usually inside and outside the house and make their way from one place to the other. Termites burrow in the soil around your house and find the opportunity to get into your walls. What makes termites a more difficult problem than small ants is their voracious appetite and their ability to destroy wood. All termites do is eat and they can put away a massive amount of “food” the form of wood. If you have seen termites work on a log, you can just imagine the meal they will make of your interior woodwork.
Get Them Where They Live
The first step for keeping your home safe from pest is to determine where they are coming from and prevent them from reaching the places you don’t want them. You can apply all of the poison, but you will have to keep on doing it until you find out the source of the termites and get rid of them good, or at least keep them away. You may think you know where the termites are coming from only to find out that there must be another source. Consult a professional exterminator who is familiar with the habits of termites and can zero in on exactly where they are coming from, living and breeding.
Getting Rid of Them
Once the exterminator has found the source of the termites, he or she can begin killing the ones that are already there. Usually, a powerful material can be applied that will kill the termites and will keep them from returning for a certain period of time. Nowadays, exterminators try to avoid material that is heavily toxic, or if so, they concentrate the poison only in areas where it is needed. If you have pets or small children, you may want to consider clearing them out while the procedure is done. You can also find ecological pesticides that can remove the termites without creating toxic fumes in your home.
Do Not Delay
If you notice a termite infestation, do not delay in dealing with the problem immediately. They can cause significant, irreparable damage to your property and cherished items in your home, so protect your possessions and your family from these pests and consult an expert to prevent them from returning