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preventing-termites-hideThose poor termites get such a bad rap, especially if you’re a homeowner. Which doesn’t really seem fair. After all, termites are helpful in relation to nature, as they eat dead trees in order to make way for new ones. Not only have human beings encroached on so much of their livelihood, but we’ve also done a great job at providing them with am attractive, tasty treat by building so many homes out of their favorite food.

 

 

Of course, none of this is of any consequence to a homeowner. When termites are found, all a person can think about is the damage happening to their house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The idea of preventing termites becomes an instant source of discussion, but you must begin with finding the little critters in the first place, as they love to play hide and seek in your home.

 

Preventing termites does not necessitate immediate concern

 

When we say this, what we mean is that the discovery of termites is not a reason to immediately spiral into a panic. Yes, termites can damage your home, but it takes quite a long time for the damage to become extensive. Many homeowners believe that the discovery of termites means their home is no longer structurally sound or that it is worthless. Of course, the speed at which your house is being devoured is sometimes difficult to calculate, as it depends on  the type of termite, the size of the colony, weather conditions, and the kind of wood it is devouring. As a general rule, consider that a colony of 300,000 termites will eat only one cubic foot of wood each year. But this is only an estimate.

 

Preventing termites the professional way

 

Many pests — ants, rodents, cockroaches, and several others — can often be prevented and/or destroyed by purchasing baiting kits, pesticides, or other similar products. Termites are usually a different matter altogether. Termites live underground and are able to hide in places that often make them difficult to discover. If you’re at a point where you actually realize that there is a termite colony in your home, that colony may be quite sizable. One of the most effective ways to kill termites involves toxic chemicals, so it is not advisable that you do the job yourself. Instead, let the experts handle the problem. They are well-trained in the art of locating the termite colony within your home and ascertaining its size. From there, they will draw up a strategy in order to get rid of the pests without putting anyone in your household in danger. Hiring a professional pest control company is the best way to ensure that your home is termite-free.

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