Exterminators: How to Kill and Prevent Termites from Damaging Your Home
Out of the many types of pests infesting homes today, termites seem to be the most dangerous pests that can knock out the foundation of your home within just a few years. Termites are harder to handle because they may not be noticeable in the first few years, so they do not come with a warning, and once you notice them, it can be too late. Termites are your worst hidden enemies that can ruin your major home investment as well as your furniture and fixtures.
In order to fight them, we need to know the basic information about termites. The different types of termites include the dampwood termites, subterranean termites, and drywood termites. Subterranean termites are highly found in the United States, which are one of the most destructive species, living in the soil and are the ones building one of the largest nests, connected via trees and houses’ structural timbers. Dampwood termites belong to the Hodotermitidae and Kalotermitidae families, which are mostly found in woods with high moisture content. Drywood termites do not require contact with the soil, belonging to the family of Kalotermitidae, and are mostly found in wood, hardwood floors, and timber. Drywood termites are responsible for damaging homes, with slower damage as compared to subterranean termites. The signs of termites infestation include wood damage, wings, mud tubes, brown pellets of excrements, and hollowness of wood. Termites are causing wood damage, usually found behind and below surfaces such as walls and falls. It is crucial to inspect wooden structures at least once a week to check for any damage because termites chew wood because of their cellulose, weakening and creating structural damage. It is crucial to inspect the wood surface, and contact a professional such as Le Mars Termite Exterminators, to help you in the inspection and treatment of termites infestations. If you find termite wings with same sizes, then immediate action should be taken.
The different ways to kill termites include application of insecticides (permethrin dust and arsenic dust), lowering temperature, flooding termites, electrocution, salts, orange oil, sunlight, use of nematodes, and using bug bombs. Permethrin dust offers immediate results that are also effective for ticks, ants, bagworms wasps and ground beetles. Drowning the termites can get rid of them. Let enough sunlight to enter your home by opening windows at daytime in order to kill termites naturally because sunlight dries damp areas where termites live and dwell. For more information about termite treatment, feel free to check our website or homepage now.