Why You Need to Hire an Exterminator for Termites

Why You Need to Hire an Exterminator for Termites

Termites cause property damage worth millions of dollars every year. They can turn your beautiful, comfy dream house into a nightmare. One aspect that makes them hard to control is the stealth with which they dig through the structure of your house. It can take long before you even get a clue that there is an infestation within your walls and by the time you realize it, a lot damage which requires expensive repairs has occurred and the termites may even move on to other items in your home. This is why you need to hire an exterminator for termites as soon as you discover your home has an infestation.

While some folks would rather do it themselves: go to the store, buy bug spray and proceed to hunt down the pests, it is a better idea to look for a professional because of the following reasons:

  • Inexperienced attempts to eradicate termites might make the problem worse because they will spread out and restore themselves in other parts of the house.
  • It will save you money. Buying bottle upon bottle of spray is as expensive as it is tiresome and ineffective. It would be a better idea to hire someone who will fix the problem once and for all.
  • The insects that you see might be just a tiny part of the pest problem. You might kill a number of bugs but there are probably thousands more. A professional exterminator knows where bugs hide and how to flush them from the source.  Here is a video on how they use thermal image technology to find termites.
  • It is better for the long term. Most consumer-grade bug sprays have a short life and their chemical components break down quickly. Professional exterminators have better products which can safeguard your home and possessions for a longer time and remove the need to treat repeatedly.
  • For precautionary maintenance. After the first pest problem is taken care of, the exterminator will give you an annual inspection and precautionary plan. This is important because you can catch any new infestation at the early stages before they cause you damage and also give you a hard time repeating the process of treatment all over again.

Some of the signs of termite damage you should look out for are:

  • Buckling wood
  • Swollen floors and ceilings
  • Earthen tubes extending over foundation walls

There are various companies that offer pest control services and you should call them and explain your problem to them. They have special equipment to find termites such as the thermal imaging technology shown in the video below.

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10 Steps You Can Take to Keep Termites Out

10 Steps You Can Take to Keep Termites Out

Termites are one of the worst problems a homeowner can face, but there are things you can do to make sure they don’t become a problem.   Here are 10 steps you can take to keep termites out of your home.

  1. Keep the garden away from the house.

This one of the most common mistakes that homeowners make, the dirt from the garden goes above the weep holes giving termites direct access to the wood inside your home.  Termites will also be attracted to the mulch that you lay down on the garden bed, vines will also allow termites to get in.

  1. Make sure you have no water leaks

Termites need water, humidity is crucial to their survival.  They will seek out water sources to keep themselves alive, so if you have hidden leaks in your home especially inside the walls, you’re going to end up with termites.

  1. Drainage and ventilation.

This means any moisture that accumulates underneath or against your home.  This can be as simple as air conditioning vents, overflows or anything draining against the exterior walls will be enough to draw in termites.  If you have puddles gathering near your house, poor ventilation in the sub floors all of the raise the humidity level which termites love.  If you smell must in the basement you need to get it dried out.

  1. Don’t store wood in the house

The crackling sound of a fire burning in winter is soothing, but storing the wood in your house is not a great idea.  It obscures the walls so you don’t see termites going from the wood pile to your walls and you might as well open the doors and invite them in.

  1. Be careful of DIY additions

Adding onto your house is a great idea most of the time, but if untreated wood is used in the construction, not only is your extension potentially infested but it is easily spread to the rest of the house.  Hire a good builder for your extension and if that isn’t in the cards then get a pest control technician to look over your wood before you start construction.

  1. Always check your yard

If you have trees or stumps anywhere in your yard and you can recognize a termite then check regularly.  Take a large screwdriver and poke around at the wood or stump.  If you find anything suspicious it’s time to call in an exterminator.

  1. Check the wood in the house

After you have had a poke through the garden it is time to take a poke through the house to see if there are any signs of damage.  Termite damage often looks like bubbles or ripples and if you poke it your finger will go right through.  Catching termites early can save you thousands in repair costs so it is in your best interest to do routine inspections.  If you can get an exterminator in once a year to check for you.

  1. Get the best materials you can

When you buy a newly constructed home termite protection is usually written into your purchase agreement.  Builders can either use a chemical or physical barrier to keep termites out, but these need to be properly installed.  There are cases where the treated wood has been breached, typically in the corners or in the garage.  Look for a builder with a high standard in the work that they do, even steel framed houses can still have termite damage in the wood that is used.

  1. Inspections are your friend

Having termite inspections done annually or at least every two years is vital.  It is all part of home maintenance and owning a home, not only that exterminators have some high tech equipment to catch termites that aren’t visible to the naked eye.  In the end it will save you thousands.

  1. Install termite protection

It goes a long way in keeping termites out of your house.  If you built a home prior to 2002 the chances are pretty good you have no termite protection at all.  Chemical barriers in the soil and around patios and decks will help kill termites before they enter your home.

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