Termite control is very importan to prevent damage to anything you own that is made of wood. Whether it is the structure of your home, your furniture, or trees, termite damage can be detrimental if not handled quickly and properly. There are many different signs that termites are present. For example, you may notice dry wall crumbling for no known reason. Wood floors may begin to bow or sag in certain spots, or walls may seem to bulge or curve inward in some areas.
In many instances, there are no indications of termites that the average person would notice. This is because termites can enter the home from the ground and eat through walls, ceilings or furniture from the inside out. Wherever there is a combination of wood, soil, and moisture, there is a good chance that termite infestation will occur. Once you have detected them in your home, extermination is needed immediately. Some grocery and hardware stores carry termite repellant or killer, but it is very difficult to apply these properly by yourself. In addition, these repellants are not nearly as potent or effective as the kinds used by a licensed termite control professional.
A professional exterminator uses two main types of chemicals to get rid of termites. The first is a repellant, which the termites can sense and try to avoid completely. The second chemical is used when infestation has occurred to actually kill the insects. It is odorless and the bugs do not even know it is present. They will actually consume the chemical along with the wood they eat, ensuring their death. Termites will die from exposure to this chemical, even if they do not consume it, but they will not die as quickly.
When infestation has gone unnoticed for long periods of time, these wood-eating insects can create extensive damage to your home. In some severe cases, the home’s structures may be irreparably destroyed. Walls and roofs can cave in or allow more moisture in, which can cause rotting wood and mold. In addition to attracting more termites, moisture can cause these other problems that may be harmful to your health. Exterminating the insects before this kind of damage has occurred may not only save you money, but also save your home from being condemned.
The price for extermination will depend on the numbers and sizes of colonies that have formed in your home. Another factor affecting your overall costs is the number and sizes of affected areas within your home. The more structures that have been damaged, the more money it will take to repair them. These variables will also determine the amount of time and chemicals a termite control professional will need to exterminate the bugs. Once all the termites have been killed, you will need to make all necessary repairs as soon as possible to prevent rotting and collapses. This type of damage can continue even after the insects have been killed. You may need new drywall, trusses, beams, floors, or roofing materials.
Early detection and prevention is the key to avoid ending up in a terrible and costly situation. Take as many precautions as possible and invest in routine inspections from a termite control professional to keep your home safe and sound.