Signs of Extreme Termite Infestation

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Sometimes it is hard to tell when termites are present in your home. Oftentimes, people are not aware that their homes are infected until it is a little too late.

Termites, like all organisms, play an important role in the survival of the ecosystem. They break down wastes and debris, adding nutrients to the soil. However, it because of this very same behavior that they are also considered to be detrimental to homes and other structures.

The damage that they can inflict cannot be underestimated. Their primary food source is wood, so they would be drawn towards anything made of it. They have the ability to compromise the strength of structures, resulting in substantial damage that only expensive repairs can mend.

Property Damage

If you think that only homes made of timber are the ones at risk for termite infestation, you better think again. These insects have the ability to travel through metal sidings and plaster, so you floors, cabinets and other wooden furniture are not safe.

Due to the fact that it is very difficult to detect the presence of termites until a sizable amount of damage has been done, property owners are advised to contact a pest control professional before even trying to fix it on their own and causing even more problems. Before beginning the treatment, professionals will first inspect the property thoroughly in order to identify the problem so that the proper solution will be applied.

Drywood Termite Damage

These termites build their colonies inside wooden structures. So, they can usually be found inside walls and furniture. Detecting these termites is quite tricky as tell-tale signs of their presence are only visible when their colony has burrowed far too deeply into the item they have infested. So if you have antique furniture or anything that’s made mostly of wood, be more vigilant about looking for signs. Should termites infest any of your furniture or home structure, it’s best to contact a pest control professional to inspect the severity of the infestation and discuss the options for treatment.

Subterranean Termite Damage

Subterranean termites inhabit loose, damp soil. These termites are known to be aggressive and their colonies can be spotted easily as they jut out of the ground. Their mud tunnels are usually found near the foundation of homes or buildings that they infest in.

They are, however, hard to detect inside homes because the damages may not be visible unless the infestations are full-blown. Obvious signs are swollen floors and ceilings, contorted wood, and noticeable mazes within furnitures and walls.