For residents living in suburbs and rural, the probability is high; they have sustained termite damage to their properties. If you’re one of the lucky ones, who have so far avoided a termite infestation, a read-through of this blog will instruct you on how to recognise oncoming problems, what professionals to contact if a termite infestation has occurred, and preventive tips to save your home and property from damage.
The Signs of Termite Damage
Termites burrow into wood and feast on it from the interior to the exterior. If you’ve just noticed rotting wood inside your home, chances are termites have been making a playground in your home for longer than you might like to imagine. Termites can ruin any wood. They are capable of also eating at your ceiling, laminate flooring, windows, your roof’s shingles, and joists (beams)
As they bore through wood, they deposit their droppings. The appearance of termite damage can resemble water damage. Odours of mould or mildew can be traced to termites’ presence.
Termite droppings sometimes resemble sawdust or mud. The appearance of such may be simple to see inside your home, but the appearance changes outside your home, resembling common dirt or rubble. Still, other evidence of termite damage could be pitted wood, mysterious cracks on your ceiling or walls, or mushy flooring.
Termites are not interested in making a meal of concrete. What they do though is constrict themselves and enter small cracks in concrete and chew on wood beams. Vulnerable areas such as a crawlspace, or underneath a porch will hide evidence termites are present until they’ve bored all the way into your home where signs of their presence now appear.
Fixing Termite Damage
It’s imperative the first step you take is to call in a pest exterminator to destroy the termite colonies, blooming inside and outside your home. With the colonies eradicated, you can turn your attention to contact a licensed contractor, who specialises in termite repair. Interview several contractors and vet them (their years of experience, holds a current license). Ask for quotes, so you get a clear picture of the scope of repairs that need doing.
Termites can do considerable damage to the infrastructure of your home, including your foundation, window casing, floor and ceiling joists, and other structures in your home.
Proactive measures are the way to prevent termites from invading your home and property. It starts with pest extermination, so schedule inspections at regular intervals. This will lessen the probability of a termite infestation and can ward off problems before they get out-of-control.
The one advantage of dealing with termites is they do damage at a slow rate. Discovering termites or signs of them, for example, discarded wings do not indicate termite damage has risen to the level of a crisis. But you can suppose termites are in the first stages of destroying the wood in your home.
Your best course of action against termite damage is to hire a pest extermination specialist to do termite repair. They will assess your home and surrounding property. They can advise on such matters as the methods for sealing cracks, and also spraying your property frequently to destroy larvae.
Termite Facts You Should be Aware of
Termites move in swarms and grow wings for this purpose. Termites typically swarm in the spring, but they can also swarm throughout the summer. Different swarm patterns are affected by such factors as the colony’s stage of growth, age, how humid it is, the kind of species they are, and weather patterns. Swarming can occur either in the daytime or night time.