How Much Do You Know About Termites?
More than 600,000 U.S. homes will suffer major termite damage this year because effective termite control was overlooked. Don't let your house be one of them. Prevent and treat termites with these answers to the top questions we are asked about termites:
1. What Are the Most Common Signs of Termites?
Commonly, the first sign customers see is the sawdust from termites feeding on wood and the wings left behind from these intruders. It's also common to see 'mud tubes' along cracks, beneath flooring, around baseboards, and other fixtures. These tubes are approximately the width of a drinking straw and provide shelter for the termites.
If you suspect you have a termite invasion, try tapping the wood along your walls, baseboards, and windowsills with a screwdriver handle. The damaged wood will sound hollow and may even break on the surface if it is badly damaged.
2. How Do Termites Spread?
Termites live and work in colonies, spreading by way of a 'swarming' process. They are almost constantly looking for food and can spread up to 150 feet around their one colony. They then send out winged reproductive termites to start new colonies.
3. Are Termites Harmful to Humans or Animals?
Although termites can potentially bite or sting, these wounds are not toxic to you or your pets. They are not known to carry diseases harmful to humans. However, people who are living in homes infested by termites may suffer from allergic reactions or even asthma attacks.
4. How Many Times Per Year Should I Treat For Termites?
Termites thrive on a combination of wood and moisture. Therefore they are often found near human habitations. However, they need to be eliminated from homes since they can weaken the structure of your home and also damage many of its contents.
Typically, termites are killed using pesticides. The effect of these pesticides can last for some time keeping your home safe from termites for a few years.
However, it is best to have annual termite inspections of your home to ensure that a fresh colony has not been established. In most cases, you need to spray your home for termites only after three to five years.
5. How Can I Prevent an Infestation?
When you are preventing termites, it's very important to remove their food sources. They require a cellulose-based material that is usually found in the likes of wood, furniture, drywall coverings, books, and boxes. Be sure to keep any firewood away from your foundation and crawl space.
Because termites are preventable, it is a good idea to have your property regularly inspected by a trained specialist.
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