There are a number of different pests that can cause serious problems for you and your family. Roaches and rodents carry disease that they can spread to the people in your house. Ants can get into your food supply and spiders can be downright scary for some people. If you see any of these pests in your home – or notice signs of their presence – you take steps to eradicate them because you understand the threat that they pose. But, there is another type of pest that can pose a huge threat to the structure of your home without you noticing that they are there until serious damage has occurred – termites. Termites can spend the majority of their lives completely unnoticed until the damage gets so severe that is shows up inside of your home. They can infest without warning when the reproductive swarmers leave a nearby colony in search of a new home. In addition, termites are notoriously difficult to eradicate. Because of these elements, it is essential for you to protect your home from the threat of termites.
Termites can go unnoticed
The behavior of termites makes it easy for them to infest your home without being noticed. They spend their time close to the soil and typically eat away at the wood underneath structures. Unless you regularly inspect the crawlspace of your home you could have termites for a long time without noticing.
Termites can cause expensive damage
The damage that termites cause while they are eating away at your home unnoticed can quickly add up. The wood that these pests start out with is typically structural and can be expensive to repair. As the structural wood of your home is eaten away it can lead to secondary damage that is also expensive to repair.
Termites can infest your home without warning
A clear termite inspection is a good thing but it does not mean you are immune to the threat of a termite inspection. Termite swarmers are reproductive termites that leave one colony in search of a place to establish a new colony. A house down the road from you that has an infestation can be a threat to your home when swarmers set out on their search.
Termites are difficult to eradicate
Another reason this pest is a serious threat to your home is because termites are difficult to eradicate. Termites spend the majority of their time in difficult to see and hard to reach places. If you try to eliminate a termite infestation on your own it is easy to miss areas of activity and allow the infestation to continue. The most effective way to eradicate these stubborn pests is with the help of a trained professional.
Termites are a type of pest that you should take seriously. They may seem like less of a threat because you cannot see them inside your home but it is a mistake to think that way. Termites cause more damage to structure of homes than any other type of pest – by far. You can start the process of protecting your home from the threat of termites by getting a professional termite inspection. From there, you will work with the inspector to develop a plan that will protect your home from the threat of termites.