Termites are known for their nasty reputation. In their natural setting, termites are essential parts of nature, chewing down dead trees in forests to replenish the nutrients on the ground. Once they start living in people’s homes, however, they tend to be destructive. Although they do not attack people with irritating bites that could cause allergies and diseases, termites can ultimately damage an entire house if they are not stopped. Termites can bring down the foundations of a house, causing it to collapse, in worst-case-scenarios.
There is no doubt that termites, once spotted in the home, should be removed at once. The best way to remove them from the home is through effective pest control. The first step is identification. There are tell-tale signs that your house is suffering from termite infestation. You could be seeing the termites themselves. There might also be damaged wood in your property. You can determine if there are termites in the home by checking for wood that sounds hollow when you knock on them.
It would be good to remember too that termites are drawn to any materials that contain cellulose. These would include wood panels and even cardboards. Termites also become apparent with the appearance of mud tubes, which termites build with wood particles, soil and other debris. If you see any one of these signs in your home, consider calling a professional pest control service to help you with the problem. If the wooden parts of the home have been damaged seriously, they might have to be replaced after the termites are exterminated.
Effective pest control involves hiring professional exterminators to inspect and provide solution to the pest problem. The pest control service will check to see the extent of the termite problem. You will then have to talk with the pest control company about the best solution for the problem. A one-time termite inspection may not be enough to rid you of the termite problem as they may recur after a few months. To make the termite control truly effective, the inspection has to be done once a year at the least.
Chemical solutions may need to be applied to remove termites from the home. A system placed to monitor and intercept termites is a great help in protecting the homes from this destructive pest. The system could be a physical barrier or a chemical barrier placed in the ground or above ground to destroy the termites and prevent new colonies from forming. The system becomes effective when done alongside a hazard reduction and regular annual inspections.