One of the common concerns that a homeowner has is termites. Termites live in colonies under the ground. Among the things they take on are wood, soil, and furniture. Therefore, the home can be vulnerable to destruction. This is one of the reasons that it is important to make sure that there are no termites in the home. However, given their size and where they dwell, termites can be a little challenging to find. Fortunately, there are ways to find and ultimately get rid of termites in the home. There is a step by step process that can make things easier for people.
1. Find The Termite
The first step is to find the termites. Fortunately, termites do leave signs of their presence. Among the signs to look for in a termite infestation are termite wings and droppings. They also create tunnels that are worm-like so that they can be protected. However, it is important to make sure that they are ants and not termites. While they may look similar, one thing to check is the antennae. If they are bent, then they are ants. The ones with straight antennae are termites.
2. Looking for Other Signs
Another thing to do is look for signs of termite infestation. There are going to be plenty of signs to find in the home. Among the things to look for are holes in the wood or matter that looks a lot like sawdust. The material that is resembling sawdust is frass. As for the holes, the best thing to do is examine them. The best way to do this is with a pin or another sharp object in order to try to find an exit for the termites. This could give a clue as to the nature of the infestation. Then one can look at some of the other signs of termite infestations.
Another sign to look for are bubbles and cracks in the paint. This often occurs when a termite digs a tunnel very close to the paint. Often times, termites have created colonies at this point in the house walls. Fortunately, there are many common places that you can look at. Among the places to look are the doors and the walls. Also, anyplace where there is wood is a likely place for a termite colony and should be examined. After all, wood is one of the most common material that termites use for their infestation.
Another way to check and see if there are termites is to knock on walls in order to check for hollowing. One thing that termites have is the capability to break down walls so that they can be eaten. Sometimes, they can break down whole walls. The best way to tell whether or not the termite has taken over the walls is to knock on them. If the wall is solid, then it will make a thud. However, if the wall is hollow, then there will be an echo in the sound. In this case, you may have termites.
One thing to look for is moisture. Among the types of wood that termites go for is wet wood. Therefore, it is important to get a thorough examination in order to see if there is any moisture and termites. Among the signs to look for are leaky pipes. There are also certain things to do in order to avoid attracting termites. One thing to do is make sure that any wood that is leftover from yard work is recycled so that no termites are going to be attracted.
3. Termite Elimination
This is perhaps the most crucial part of protecting the home from termites. When you find a termite infestation, it is important to take care of the issue as soon as possible. For one thing, termites can destroy the home if they are left to their own devices. This is one of the reasons that it is important to act fast. There are plenty of different methods to exterminate the termites. One of the best things you can do is look into the different treatments in order to find one that works best for you and your home. Afterward, the best thing to do is to carry out the elimination.
One method of termite treatment involves setting a perimeter around the house with termite killing liquid. This is effective because it will keep the termites away because any termite that goes into the liquid will die. One thing to do is to dig up a trench around the house so that the termites won't be able to get to the house. For new houses, this method is very effective.
Another method involves termite bait. This type of poison is made of cardboard, or paper with some lethal substance. This is a slow acting poison that can kill the whole colony because it spreads throughout the colony because of the gradual process of killing the termite. The best thing to do is place the bait roughly 12 feet apart around the home. The bait can be applied according to termite activity around the home. They can be applied either above or under the ground.
Other ways to get rid of termites include using nematodes which are termite eating worms. You can also call an exterminator. The method you choose to get rid of termites depends on you. You can also look into plenty of other methods for termite elimination.
After getting rid of the termites, one of the best things to do is look into ways of preventing another outbreak of termites. Among the ways you can protect your home from any future infestations is to have a professional examine the home in order to look for any termite colonies before they have had time to develop and cause any harm. Another thing is to look for any type of cellulose based debris around your house. The best thing to do is to get rid of all traces of debris so that the termites will not be attracted to the home. With the right approach, one is going to be able to effectively protect the home from termites.