How To Protect Your Home From Termite Damage

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termites up close in ashland

At first, when termites make their way up from the soil and begin nibbling away at the insides of your walls, you won’t see the damage being done. In fact, years can go by without anyone having a clue. But if this activity is allowed to go on for months and years at a time, the damage will start to become very apparent.

  • Mazes inside torn-out walls. When doing a renovation, if termites are present, it will become abundantly clear the kind of destruction these little wood eaters can do. Torn out walls will reveal troughs and channels where solid wood should be. Or, even more horrifying, you will be able to see the termites themselves squirming around and consuming your home.
  • Doors and windows that stick. Because termites weaken the support of a structure, walls will shift and windows and doors will cease to work properly. A window may get stuck open or closed. A door may start to scrape on the floor. Things just don’t work as well as they used to.
  • Ceilings, floors, and walls are no longer straight. If termite damage is extensive, it can look like water damage has occurred. Ceilings, floors, and walls may look swollen or bumpy. Ceilings may begin to sag and floors may begin to have a noticeable slope.

How can homeowners protect their homes?

If you own a home, the best thing you can do on your own to protect your property is to do routine inspections. Search for mud tubes and the presence of winged termites. Mud tubes may be on foundation walls or on interior walls. Winged termites might be found under mulch or other wood products in your yard. Winged termites, which are also called swarmers, are the only termites that come out where you can see them. The rest will hide in the ground or inside the wood they are feeding on.

Getting rid of mud tubes and other visible signs of an infestation may slow down the damage being done by termites. You may even succeed in eliminating a colony that is found underneath a mulch bed. The problem is, you will never know if you have found all the colonies that are feeding on your home. Even worse, sometimes when colonies are disturbed, they may split and multiply, turning one colony into two or more.

Total Home Pest Control Offers two different types of termite treatments

Advance Termite Bait SystemThis termite treatment provides a more environmentally friendly option than using pesticides. The bait system includes traps that are placed against the ground where termites tend to go back and forth. Each trap has cellulose, which is used to attract these pests. If termites are a problem, our technicians place food tainted with poison in the traps. Termites that feed from these traps bring the poison back to the colony, where it spreads and destroys these bugs.

Exterior Liquid Barrier System

Our liquid barrier system is a pesticide that offers faster results than baits and generally costs less. This barrier system is used in the soil around the exterior of your home. Termites are exposed to this deadly pesticide and carry this poison back to the colony, where it kills off all termites in the area.

Having termite protection in place before termites silently eat away at your home is perhaps the greatest investment a homeowner can make. Reach out today to schedule your free termite inspection. 732-938-3232