Termites are the worst.
They can attack a home at any point in its life and they show no visible signs of damage until the infestation is severe. This is because they do most of their damage away from the interiors of homes. What they feed on is wood and wood pulp, so the frames of houses are naturally the easiest target for them to pursue as a source of food. Trees have all sorts of natural defences against termites, so houses are what they will pursue more than anything else in their im
Defending your home against a termite infestation isn’t easy, and there are only a few ways to effectively stop it in its tracks, or prevent it entirely. In this article, we will explore the methods of alleviating a termite infestation in your home, in the hopes that it helps you to save your house from extensive damage to the framework.
If you’ve discovered a termite nest in your home, it’s time to call the exterminators for an immediate termite treatment. It’s important to act on this as soon as possible, because every minute a nest is allowed to remain in your home, more and more damage is being caused to the load-bearing structure that holds the roof above your head.
The exterminators will assess the damage and give you a quote on how much work will need to be done to get rid of all of the termites, as well as give you the names of some contractors who can assist with structural damage, depending on how prevalent the infestation is.
There are options for you if you want to have the frame of your home treated before it’s constructed, or during its construction. This is a fairly simple process that takes place once the basic external frame is completed, and involves spraying a liquid chemical pesticide on the underside of the wooden base of the home and all over the external frame.
This ensures that, even once the house is built, the termites will be killed by the pesticide if they attempt to eat the wooden frame, making your house termite proof for years to come. It’s still a good idea to get regular inspections done by qualified inspectors, but for the most part your home will be secure from the threat of the bugs thanks to the treatment of the wooden frame.
If your house has already been built, there are other ways to prevent the insects from working their way into the wooden foundations of your beautiful abode. There is a dust pesticide that can be sprinkled on a termite nest or along the wooden beams that they walk, which causes them to carry the pesticide back into their nest, killing the queen and other workers in the process.
This dust acts as a preventative treatment for the home, and any future termite scouting parties will pick up the leftover dust and track it back to their nest as well. In this way it is effective, although the more exposed the dust is to external influences such as rainwater or plumbing work, the more likely it is to be wiped away sooner than it would have otherwise disappeared, leaving your home open to infestation again.
Because of this, it is recommended that you have your home inspected once every year after the initial dusting, to fully ensure you have the most comprehensive covering possible.
With this information, you know how to effectively deal with a potentially dangerous termite infestation, and how to protect your home-to-be from any future infestations too. Make use of this knowledge and rest easy knowing you have a secure household.