A Quick Guide to Termite Control
Termites are bugs in Columbia, SC that actually serve an excellent purpose in the world. They ravage dead wood, vegetation, trees and other cellulose material. They break them down into fertile soil. That’s all good until the wood or cellulose they are trying to digest is at the heart of your home. That’s when you need to swing into action. You need to have termite protection on your home by a professional company.
The trouble is that termite can cause adverse damage to just about any structure, from concrete slab and brick to our favorite wood. No structural element in your home is immune to termite infestation. In fact, they can have a negative impact on your home value, and ultimately cost you lots of money in repairs.
Did you know termites cost US homeowners over $5 billion in damages yearly?
Know Your Enemy: Three Common Types of Termites
Subterranean: The colony of these termites nests underground, and requires contact with soil to sustain life-supporting moisture levels. They are the most abundant in the US, and come in several subspecies, with Formosan termites being the most ruthless.
Drywood: This type forms colonies in above-ground wood. They don’t need soil contact to survive.
Dampwood: You might not have to worry about this type. Often found in wet or decaying wood, these termites call for constant dampness and humidity to survive.
How Bad is Termite Infestation?
It all boils down to how early the infestation is discovered. You see, these nifty invaders work invisibly and quietly, sawing into your wall studs, cutting into your floor joists, and turning the heart of your house inside out. That’s the absolutely worst thing about termites: they inadvertently conceal the damage until it is too late.
Control Methods: Prevent Termites from Taking a Huge Bite from your Bank Account
Repair Leaky Ruts, Faucets, and Gutters
Start with leaky faucets; they are termites’ magnet. Besides, you need to check other areas outside or inside your house where moisture and water might build up.
Conduct a Thorough Inspection
Stopping termite boils down to knowing what they are looking for. Oftentimes that means wood as well as carpet, paper or cardboard. Carry out a top-down check of these spots. But, just to be on the safe side hire a professional to do a more thorough inspection
Remove Termite Attractions
It’s often best to get rid of paper, lumber, mulch, plants, firewood or cardboard littering around the side or foundation of your house. None of these items should within 25 ft.
Seal Tight Your Foundation
Check for other potential entryways for these invaders — and seal them tightly.
Termite Control Products
- Use bait and monitoring stations
- Apply termiticides
- Remove moisture
- Apply termiticides
For Drywood Termites
- Try gas fumigation, heat treatment or targeted application of termiticides.