Finding out that you have a termite infestation can send you into a panic. Termites are well known for their ability to cause widespread and costly damage to properties. If you have discovered termite damage in your home you are likely worrying about the extent of the damage and the cost of repairs. Worrying about having a termite infestation is not going to do much to fix the problem. The best way to react to finding out you have at termite infestation is to take action. Start by having your home inspected for termites by a professional. If the termite pro finds that you do in fact have an infestation the next step is to have your home professionally treated for termites. Once you have eradicated the active infestation you need to take steps to protect your property from future infestations.
Schedule a professional termite inspection
There are some signs of termite activity that you can recognize on your own as the homeowner. Mud tubes, swarmers, and damaged wood are all potential signs of a termite infestation. If you notice any of these issues then it is worth your time to set up a professional termite inspection. It is important to remember that seeing one of these signs on your property is not confirmation of an active termite infestation. Mud tubes can remain even after an infestation has been eradicated. If swarmers are out they are looking for a new place to set up a colony but it does not necessarily mean they have infested your home. Damaged wood can be caused by a number of factors other than termites. So, before you get too worked up at the thought of a termite infestation get an inspection scheduled. A termite professional can tell if you have an active infestation or remnants from an old infestation.
Have your home professionally treated for termites
If your fears are confirmed and you do in fact have a termite infestation the next step is to have your home professionally treated. Termites are notoriously difficult to eradicate. They are often active in areas of your home that are difficult to reach. They can even get into your walls! DIY treatments for termites are rarely effective because it is difficult to get to all of the areas they infest without the proper tools and expertise. A termite control professional will have the tools, treatment options, experience, and expertise needed to completely eradicate your termite infestation. And, if you go with a top-notch pest control company, you will get a guarantee on the work.
Take steps to protect your property from future infestations
You will likely feel a big sense of relief when you learn that your home is termite-free once again. In order to keep it that way you need to take a few preventative steps. Take a look at the condition of your property. How did termites find their way in to begin with? Are there things about your property that put it at a higher risk for future infestations? Houses with water issues are at a heightened risk for developing a termite infestation. If you store firewood against or close to your house you could be inviting termites inside. These and other home maintenance tasks can impact your property’s vulnerability to termites. Read the termite inspection report and talk to your pest pro to get recommendations for home repairs and other actions that will help prevent future infestations.
If you get the news that your home is infested with termites take action as quickly as possible. Quick action can help minimize damage and save you money. The quickest and most effective way to eradicate termites from your home is with professional help. If you suspect that termites have infested your home then schedule a free inspection from TAPS Termite today.