An insect invading the house is one of the creepiest thoughts a person can have, especially when you have small children in the house. While some of these annoying critters are easy to get rid of, there are some that can give one nightmare and termites are one such example.
Where there’s wood, chances are they’ll be there as well. Termites are nature’s one of most complex creations. Although they do feed on decomposed wood but for humans, they are a threat to their homes and furniture.
There’s More Than One Kind
The worst part is that there are different types of these pesky little creatures. They are mainly divided into three categories. First one is damp wood termites, and as the name states, they are often attracted to soggy wood pieces like stumps, logs, lumber and even tree branches.
The second type is dry wood termites that feast on dry wood like furniture and don’t build their nest underground. Rather they build nests outside on dry wood they feast on. The third kind is subterranean termites which are usually found underground. They will only build nests outside connecting to the softwood they eat if the moisture levels are suitable enough to hold the nest in place. All three types vary in body structure.
What Invites Termites to Your Territory?
Several factors cause these uninvited guests to show up at your space, moisture, and humidity being the main reasons. Houses with wooden foundations allow easy access to termites for shelter and food. Holes, cracks or openings also make easy entrances to the house. Piled up boxes, newspapers, books, wood debris, etc. attract termites. If a neighbor has termites, chances are they will make to your home as well, especially subterranean termites that develop colonies as large as a football ground and anything that comes within the range is at risk of being infested.
How to Detect Signs of Termite Presence?
Damaged wood is a sign of termite infestation that is the most commonly known. Wooden doors, windows, fireplaces, and furniture can be infected without noticing unless some serious damage appears because termites eat from the inside, thus hollowing the wood. Sudden wall paint distortion is also a clear sign as the paint begins to crack and fall in pieces.
Other causes include mud tubes which are trials of mud laid across surfaces such as walls or connected to a wooden surface and calls for immediate action. Wooden dust falling from furniture or other household items is also a sign of termite infestation and needs to be taken care of before the house becomes difficult to live in.
Dispose of Termites in Time
Once the causes of infestation have been identified, it is time for serious action. Using pesticides and foams are one way to get rid of termites, but the house will need to be evacuated as such pesticides and foams contain chemicals that can be hazardous to human health.
The use of salt water and orange oil is a home remedy recommended by some authorities which involves injecting the fluid into source and entrance ways. If nothing seems to work, the best possible way to get rid of termites is to hire a pest control professional and have fumigation done in the house. Also taking necessary prevention will lower risks of termite invasion.