Termites are scary pests. They are not scary in the way that spiders or cockroaches are scary. It is very unlikely that you will see a termite scuttling across the floor of your kitchen. These pests will not send you running and screaming, but the impact that they can have on your home should strike fear in your heart. Termites can silently cause damage to the structural wood of your home. The damage to the structural wood can lead to secondary damage and ultimately require expensive repairs.
Silently cause damage to the structural wood of your home
Termites can silently eat away at the structural wood of your home for a long time before you notice. These pests generally stay out of sight because they often infest areas that are difficult to get to. For example, the fact that subterranean termites need to stay in close contact with moisture rich soil means that they are typically found underneath houses. If you do not regularly examine the crawlspace of your home then you will not notice when termites start to build mud tubes in that area. This is scary because it means that termites can be active for an extended period of time before you notice their presence. In that time, they can cause a serious level of damage.
Lead to secondary damage
The primary damage that termites can do to your structural wood is cause for concern. Having the structural wood of your home repaired can be very expensive. Unfortunately, the damage that termites can cause is not limited to the structural wood of your home. They can also do secondary damage that shows up on both the interior and exterior of your house. Damage to the structural wood of your home can weaken the foundation and lead to interior and exterior cracks on the walls. It can also cause your doors and windows to start having problems shutting properly. The secondary damage that termites cause can be just as expensive to repair as the primary damage.
Require expensive repairs
Repairing termite damage is not a quick or easy task. Fixing the structural wood of your home will require the help of a trained professional. Repairing foundational problems caused by termites is often an involved process that can impact multiple areas of your property. Needing extensive repairs to your home is a scary potential impact of termite damage.
You can avoid the scary potential side effects of a termite infestation with proactive prevention. The first step is to get a professional termite inspection to assess the current condition of your home. If there is an active infestation, get professional treatment as soon as possible to minimize damage. If you do not have an infestation it is important that you take preventative steps to avoid one in the future.