Termites are beneficial within our environments as they help to add nutrients to the soil. However, they are extremely harmful to homes. Termites mainly eat wood, so a termite infestation within a structure can compromise its safety and structural strength. And, if the infestation has progressed far enough, a structure affected by termite damage can become completely unlivable until repairs have been completed on it. It is critical to check for termite damage and to call professionals in to handle an infestation before it leads to much worse damage down the line.
All Homes are At Risk
While it’s common to think of termite damage as only affecting homes made primarily out of wood, this is not true. Houses made out of other materials commonly feature wood internally. Think of cabinetry, dressers, closets, floors, ceilings – many or all of these may feature wood in some capacity. And termites can burrow their way through plaster and metal siding to reach their food source. It’s imperative to have professionals come out to take care of a termite infestation at the first sign of trouble. Then, contact a professional restoration company like North Arundel Contracting to restore your damaged items as quickly as possible.
Underground Termite Damage
Termites can even come into your home from underground colonies. The most well-known example of this comes from some termite species in Africa, where they form mounds above the colonies for protection. Those species are very aggressive as well. North American varieties are not as aggressive or as visible, but they are just as deadly to wood. In fact, damage to the interior of your home may not be apparent until the infestation has worsened to a considerable degree.
How to Identify a Termite Infestation
Termites do more damage to homes in the United States every year than all reported natural disasters combined, so it’s important to recognize the signs of an infestation before it gets too bad. Here are some of the signs to watch out for:
- Flying Swarmers: these are the reproductive members of the colony that emerge every summer to look for mates. If you notice winged insects coming from the soil around your home during the summer months, this might be a sign of an infestation.
- Damaged wood: this can be tricky to identify, as different types of termites will do different kinds of damage to wood. Look for piles of wood powder, wood damage that looks like water damage – any sort of anomaly to your wooden structures should be checked.
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