The Trouble with Termites: How Termites Can Ruin Your Home
June 1, 2014
If you’ve ever experienced a termite infestation, then you know how devastating it can be to have to deal with getting rid of the colony, addressing the structural damage, and preventing future infestations. It can be a long and difficult process, but fortunately, it can also be manageable with help from the right pest control experts.
Essentially, termites have evolved to do only one thing, and that one thing can completely ruin the value of your home in a matter of months. Termites eat wood, and they can eat a lot of it in a short time. The average colony can eat about one foot of a 2×4 in six months, but certain species of termite can tear through homes at a much faster pace. In eating wood, termites are also making tunnels inside the wood in order to help foster and grow their colonies, each of which contain about 60,000 termites. As such, when they eat the wood that provides the structure of your home, they can quickly create an unsafe environment for you and your family.
A termite infestation that has gone unnoticed for some length of time can create a major headache, as the colony can spread and impact on the stability of the structure. Even brick or masonry homes can have termite damage, as they often still have some wooden components.
Termites thrive on moisture in the home, making the homes settled in the damp, humid southern states a prime target for these pests. Homes stand a higher chance of termite infestation if there is wood paneling or support touching the ground on the exterior of the home, if there are cracks in the foundation or if there are woodpiles or stumps near the home, which are breeding grounds for termites. However, it’s possible to get a termite infestation even if these elements aren’t present.
Not only can termites do actual structural damage, but they can also cause odor due to their fecal pellets. These fecal pellets also cause discoloration and blisters on your walls, and you may have to replace them completely in order to get rid of the smell and the unsightly stains.
Termite repair can cost a small fortune, and if damage is severe, there may be a need to gut an entire section of the house entirely. Termite damage around the structural foundation can be especially challenging to fix due to the location.
Damage from termites not only ruins the aesthetic of your home, but also impairs the value. People interested in selling their homes may be unable to do so if there is evidence of terminate damage, as people are unwilling to purchase a home wherein the safety of the structure is compromised.
Because termite infestations may go unnoticed or undetected for a long time, it is important to address them the moment you discover them in your home. In some cases, it’s possible that your home has been infested for years, and that the visual damage you see today is only a symptom of a much deeper termite infestation.
The most effective way to rid your home of termites is to consult a pest control expert who can help identify the problem and the extent of the damage, rid your home of termites and lay down additional materials to protect against future infestations.
If you have termites in your home or you want to prevent termites from damaging your home, Allgood Pest Solutions has pest control remedies for you. Please contact us to find out how our pest control experts can help protect your home against troubling termite infestations.