A Sign of Termite Infestation

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.

wood stack up

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.


What you need to know about worker’s compensation

There are a lot of people who work from payday to payday, just to get by in life. But, what happens when you hurt yourself at work? Who will pay the bills then? Most related work injuries will result in time off which means you won’t be working and you will not have any more income until you return to work.

If it is just a minor accident, you could only miss a couple of days. But what happens if you are looking at a surgery that will have a recovery time of 60 days or more? This is where workers’ compensation comes into play. If you are in Minnesota, you can learn more about it here.

Job-related accident

The very first thing that you must do is to report it to the person who is in charge. They will ask you to take a drug test; here, they will ensure you weren’t under the influence of any type of drug. You only have 48 hours to report the accident. The next step is they will have you go the hospital.

Doctor’s report

doctor checking patientYou would be seen by a physician, he or she will determine if it was caused by performing your duties at work. If it is a work related accident, then they will give you some forms to fill out and send you to a workers compensation doctor who will further assist you. They will determine if a little time off is needed or surgery.

The physician’s note will let your employer know that you can’t return to work without a doctor’s note. Your employer will file your worker’s compensation insurance. They will pay you your regular salary.

Compensation benefits

hand writing on a bookThey will send you to their referring doctor who will perform any type of surgery. They will do all the paperwork for you; the only thing you have to do is show up for all the visits that will follow after the surgery. They will be the ones who will be the determine when you can return to work. The doctor may have you go back to work on light duty, just unti you heal. After that, they will have you go back to full duty.

Take note that if you were under the influence of a drug or alcohol other than what a doctor has prescribed you, they would not cover any of the medical bills, and most likely you will lose your job.