Termites are small, soft-bodied insects that resemble ants. Like ants, they also live in colonies.
Though there are many advantages of living in tropical and warmer climates, termites are not among the perks. Termites thrive in temperatures between 75 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If the thermometer rises much above 100, it could mean the end for termites. Although, they can also survive cold temperatures, anything below 20 degrees Fahrenheit would also kill them.
Termites are a constant nuisance in tropical regions and the south, southeast and southwestern areas of the United States.
Why Termites are Bad
No one wants to live with insects. It is unpleasant and intrusive whether it is fleas, fruit flies, ants or roaches. Though the termites themselves don’t appear as visible as say, cockroaches, they bring a unique set of problems and concerns.
Termites are destructive inside and out since they feed on wood. While it is troublesome enough losing your favorite backyard tree to these hungry creatures, it is even worse to have a crumbling foundation and/or destroyed furniture.
Though termites do not pose an immediate threat to life for humans, they do contribute to asthma, allergies, and other conditions. Battling these pests is also very stressful and can add to anxiety and other mental health disorders.
It is expensive to rid your home of termites, fix the foundational damage and replace destroyed furniture and woodwork.
Signs You Have Termites
Wood damage in your foundation and/or furniture will eventually become visible. One of the first signs is a pile of sawdust-like shavings close to the infected furniture or wood base.
Discarded wings of the insect may appear in windows or outdoor pools.
Strange sounds such as clicking or rustling indicate termites are feasting. These sounds are especially noticeable at night.
Ridding Your Home of Termites
At the risk of sounding trite, when it comes to termites, prevention is your best defense. If you live in a warm or temperate climate, know that termites are a likely problem.
Avoiding a termite infestation should influence building materials for your home and its furnishings. When you can avoid using wood, do so, but if you do use it, choose wood that is naturally resistant to termites such as redwood, cypress, or cedar. Pressurized or chemically treated wood that resists termites is also available.
If you do end up with termites, it is best to hire a professional exterminator. Don’t put your children or pets at risks with unnecessary, dangerous chemicals. Once your home is void of these destructive insects, you may find routine maintenance is worth the peace of mind that comes along with it.
No matter where you call home, you don’t have to live with termites. You can eliminate termites and avoid their return with proper planning and routine maintenance.
For more information on termites, please contact us at Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control.