Termites driving you crazy? Get rid of them with a termite inspection from Home Pro Inspections.
In the prevention of expensive repairs and large-scale damage, an annual termite inspection is necessary. When was your last termite inspection?
If you are a home buyer, having the home inspected for termites damage beforehand can save the expense of doing it later. The inspection decreases the risk of infestation and assesses the conditions which make your property receptive of ants, rodents, bedbugs and other insects.
In the United States, 49 out of the 50 states have active termites. Alaska is too cold for them, so they have none. If you are planning on selling your property, the inspection aids in fixing the damage in time and stop the infestation from affecting the resale value of your property. In fact, the real estate agent is to have this conducted upon you purchasing the home.
The American Society of Home Inspectors is the oldest society of home inspectors. There are training courses on wood-destroying organisms that teach home inspectors how to identify wood destroying organisms like termites. The inspectors at Home Pro Inspections are licenced and experienced to carry out your inspection.
Signs Of Termite Infestation
Flying termites – The first sign of this is flying termites. We call these swarmers or alates. The male and female that have left their nests to find mates often find a new abode close to or in your home. How you will know they are present is by their discarded wings. Winged termites lose their wings after finding a mate.
Mud Tubes – Wherever the ground meets the home or any available space between the house, like a shed, a pencil-sized tube known as a mud tube is present. Subterranean termites nest underground and fodder to their food source that is a house structure. The tunnels they create cause a blockage to the cool and dry air getting inside your home, and that gives them an atmosphere to survive in. These prefer to live underground in soil, particularly your garden and under your house.
Drywood termite – These termites nest inside of wood. While nesting in it, they eat it and cause wood damage. To stay clean, they create kick-out holes where they dispose of their droppings (or waste). And because what these termites eat is wood, what they pass out is also wood. This then creates mounds of pellets resembling sawdust. This resemblance is the sign of a dry-wood infestation.
Tight-fitting doors and hard to open windows – People use the damp weather to explain away the tightness of the door and the hard window, but termite problems can also cause this. The eating and tunneling through the doors and windows cause the wood to deform.
Dangers Of Exposure To Termites
Although the termites may bite and sting, their wounds are not toxic. The damage from them comes when they leave droplets around the home, and their tunneling causes a change in the air quality of the home. People living in homes with an infestation problem can suffer from allergic reactions and even have an asthma attack in the household because of the humid temperature. Get termite treatment and put pest control measures in place to avoid this.
What Attracts Termites
Termites feed on wood and cellulose materials. These are in every home. Some things that attract them are:
Clogged Gutters – The soft spot created by the rotting twigs and leaves in the gutter on the roof gives way to the termites in the home. Cleaning gutters lower the risk factor of them invading the home.
Piles of Wood – Woodpiles can help in drawing termites closer to your home. They will then migrate from the wood to the house itself and cause substantial damage. To avoid this, it is best to have the wood placed far away from the housing structure and have it elevated from the ground.
Tree Limbs and Leaves – Tree limbs and leaves create a pathway for the termites to get to the house when they lean over on the house and touch the roof. They can then travel down from the ground and into the house.
Moist Soil – There is usually a lot of moisture at the foundation of your home. This is what will attract termites. It is vital to keep the soil next to where your house is built as dry as possible. So, we ask that you repair any leaking faucets or pipes.
How To Keep Your Home Termite Free
Monitor your wooden household furniture – We saw at the beginning of this post that termites love wood. Some species use the wooden objects as their home, building nests or as their food source. In keeping your home infestation-free, ensure you get your home inspected regularly to prevent an infection.
Store Wooden Items Well – Wooden and board items are a haven for termites to live in. Store them away from walls and windows. Place them in the garage cabinet in hard-to-reach areas.
Fix the Cracks – Small openings and cracks are places termites look for to enter your home. When you see these cracks, use a sealant to fix them. If the sealant does not work, then get some tools and border off the area.
Clean Your Home Regularly – Termites are attracted to dirt and dust. We are giving you the easiest way to keep your home free of them. Regularly cleaning your home is a sure way to achieve this. They thrive where dust gathers, so will watch out for those areas where dust will form.
Re-Treat Your Garden – When a home is newly landscaped, it loses its chemical protection and it is important to get it retreated. Your garden can serve as a dwelling place for termites. By getting your garden retreated, you are saving your garden and your home from them. Also, you are saving yourself from having to pay for treatment.
Home Pro Inspections are qualified and experienced in termite inspections. We can inspect your home and make it free of infestations and make you comfortable again. Contact us to get started.