It is nice to know that you are planning to build yourself a new house, or planning on buying an apartment to solve your problems of housing. Just like a strong foundation strengthens a house, strong measures of pest control (nowadays) are quite important to build yourself a strong home. And, at least, if you are going for a ready-made duplex or an apartment, never forget to check for the pesky little critters that might be hiding in your closet- almost ready to weaken thousands or more of your earnings, invested on your sweet home!
One of such pests that are known to cause enormous damage to houses, weakening them are termites. Termites are basically invisible, silent and might be the reason of some noticeable damage before you actually notice them. Just in the USA, termites can be found in 49 of the 50 states and are known to cause heavy damage to property, up to $50 billion, let alone the whole world. Termites are almost infallible, but there are preventive measures to put a stop on them. Even, the old proverb says, “A stitch in time saves nine.”
There are several organizations that check for termites in existing buildings, on private hires. However, you must try to hire a licensed inspector who would really know what to do, and when to do, to prevent those pesky little pests to cause any extensive damage.
One of the factors that would help you recognize termites, if there are any, in your home is awareness. If you’re aware about the creatures and know their lifestyle patterns, you are all good to go! Let’s find out how!
How to know if your home is a home to termites.. or not?
Evidence of termite presence can be significantly marked with a little bit of knowledge about the same. There are several types of termite colonies, and there are several types of termites in each colony. However, if you’re aware about them, you’d look for signs such as presence of winged ants and many more. Adult and matured termites are winged, and move to new places to create new colonies- so if you notice some winged termites around your house, that might be a symbol that you need to worry!
Mud tubes in and around your house- a great home for termites!
Mud tubes are tube-looking pathways that help the termites a great deal in their movement. Termites won’t be able to go through obstacles, so the best they do is to choose to build their pathways over or around them. And if you see any of such structures- you need to panic!
Mud or muddy substances in your construction joints and pipe fittings…
Again, termites are hard workers- so if you find out any of the joints, or pipe fittings sealed with a bit of mud, or anything muddy, you must try to shift your attention to the little pests- they might be the reason, and you might have to start worrying.
Do you have wood nearer to your home?
Well, a great factor that contributes to these termite infestations are wood near your homes. If you are living in an area where wood is abundant, or if you notice your nearby landscape to be filled with muds and termite shelters, you might need to consider that you might be affected. So, the best part will be to conduct a search yourself or take expert advice.
Do you see some wood crushed on your window sills or door frames?
If your answer is positive, try using a screwdriver to dig into the wood- and if you succeed, you are positive that you have got company! This happens because termites dig wood inside out, so you’re most vulnerable.
Tips to check- and how to act!
The first and foremost tip- do not panic. However, you need to be cautious. There are licensed people with expertise and experience to do this- and they are known as exterminators. You must try to contact agencies like BulPestControl – a professional pest extermination expert, and deal with the termites as soon as possible, to prevent further damage, or you might have to pay a huge price later.
If you’re a owner considering to lease out your property, you must ask your tenant to get the house checked- and if you’re a buyer going to buy a house, you must try to get it checked too. It might be a bit pricey, but it is worth it- and obviously one of the little steps to build you a sweet home.