Understanding Termite Damage

If you have every seen a termite, you might wonder what all the fuss is about when it comes to termite damage. They don’t look all that tough; much less so than other common pests such as cockroaches and ants. They are white a squishy, pretty much defenseless. Still, these little insects can cause quite a bit of damage to your home, and it’s important that you have a good understanding of how termite damage works in order to create an effective solution with your pest control specialist; it will save you time and money if you already have a good understanding of what you are looking at. Let’s take a look at some facts about termite damage.

* Termites work slowly. A big misconception about termites is that they are like ants both in appearances and in habits. Watching a colony of ants in action over a bug or other source of food will understandably cause dread in a person who has their habits confused with termites; after all, at that speed, termites could make off with a house in a matter of weeks! The good news is that the work ethic of these creatures is not at all the same. Even for specialized creatures such as termites wood can be hard to bite off and harder to digest, so it takes quite a while for them to do really significant damage. If you catch the problem, you have a good amount of time to weigh your treatment options.

* What are the risks of termite damage? If termite infestations are left untreated for a very long period of time, there are risks to the structural integrity of a home. Most of the damage is aesthetic, however. In real estate, of course, aesthetic is everything, so visible termite damage can cause a significant reduction in the market value of your home. It can be very expensive to fix this damage, so the best solution is to eliminate the termites. Moreover, termites can exacerbate the safety problems inherent in standing trees which are dying by causing them to be weaker.

* It’s not only wood at risk. The wooden structure of a house is often what people think of first when it comes to termite damage, but as we said above this is probably the least concerning issue. You’ve caught the problem and you’ll fix it well before your house comes crashing down. Where termites tend to cause the most damage, and in a quick manner, are in other areas as they tunnel to their food source. Insulation and filtration systems are no match for their powerful jaws, and wood by products like books and paper are an easy meal.

There is a lot of hype about termites and the problems they pose, and it’s important to separate the fact from the fiction. Termite troubles do need to be addressed, and they are a financial problem, but your house is not about to be reduced to a pile of sawdust in a matter of hours.

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