Damage caused by fires and floods pales in comparison to those caused by termites. Tornado damage also doesn't compare to termite damage. However, that is partially because termite damage happens more frequently than other natural disasters. Either way, you need to secure the services of a pest control professional to limit losses arising from termite infestations.
Subterranean Termite Destruction
Subterranean termites are found in damp and loose soils. Unfortunately, the interior damage caused by these insects becomes apparent after a lot has been gnawed at. The exterior appearance of the termite problem is demonstrated by buckling wood, swollen ceilings, and floors.
Outwardly, the ceiling may appear to be water damaged. The odor exuded by termites will alert you to their presence.
Subterranean termites also go for food sources that are above ground. Termites will create mud tunnels near the base of infested houses and creep up to find what to eat. Research indicates that over 600,000 houses are destroyed by termites each year.
Dry Wood Termites
The dry wood termites, unlike their subterranean counterparts, will build colonies inside wooden structures. They feed on the wood while continuing to multiply. These termites target frames, doors, ceilings, and wooden artifacts.
The outward appearance of a colony of termites becomes apparent once a maze-like tunnel emerges. The maze emerges owing to the cracked veneer of the item into which the termites have infested. At this point, the wood will have been damaged beyond redeeming.
Flying Swarmers Shelter
The reproductive members of the termite colonies are the swarmers. Swarmers will scout new settlements in the summertime and can be seen flying in large groups. Sometimes you might not see the flying insects, but soon you begin to see cast-off wings, and this should alert you to the presence of termites. The sight of winged insects emerging from the soil can also alert you to the presence of termites.
You can also tell whether you have a termite problem if you see mud tubes around the house. These tubes are shelters that keep them from being dehydrated as they move from their feeding sites to where they nest. Unfortunately, by the time you notice the mud tube, a lot of damage has already been done.
Homeowners spend over $1 billion on repairs and treatment of wooden surfaces a year. Early detection of a termite problem costs a homeowner $3,000 to repair damage caused by the pests. The cost alone is indicative of the damage termites can leave behind. Avoid dealing with the situation on your own by engaging in pest control services.
For more information, contact a local termite control company.