Saving Your Home From Termites

Unchecked, termites cause $5 billion in property damage each year—damage that is not covered by typical homeowners insurance. An infestation of termites, or other wood-eating insects such as carpenter ants or wood-boring beetles, can chew through support structures in your home, threatening the building’s integrity and resulting in costly repairs. Fortunately, seeking professional help for termites Dallas OR as soon as possible can save you greatly in time, money and energy.

Spotting Signs of Termites

Wood damage can be the result of termites, but there are other, clearer signs that infestations leave behind. Such signs include:

  • Termite droppings, or “frass”, that resemble piles of drywood pellets
  • Mud tubes constructed along interior or exterior walls
  • Dead termites or their offspring
  • Sagging, blistered or hollow-sounding wood
  • Cracked paint on wood surfaces

Early spring is the most active time of year for termites, so finding any of these then is a good reason to call for help.

Seeking Professional Help

Termites are notoriously difficult to remove once they’ve established themselves. Even with over-the-counter pesticides, you need to be thorough to ensure that no pests remain. However, professional exterminators are equipped with the tools and knowledge to take them out. Bait stations coax out termites and trick them into bringing pesticide back to the colony, while foam sprays can both kill off termites and block their entry. For extreme infestations, fumigation is necessary to thoroughly kill off the colony.

Preventative Measures

Though extermination is a major ordeal for homeowners, there are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of infestation in the first place. Damp wood is highly attractive to termites—divert water from the foundation, ventilate crawlspaces and seek out plumbing leaks. Also, avoid leaving wood scraps in the yard and separate wood portions of the house from contact with the soil. Termite inspectors can help here too, assessing your home for risk factors and possible points of entry.

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