Why You Need to Act Fast and Get a Termite Inspection
The discovery of a few termites, or signs thereof, could be an indication of a much bigger problem. In the spring and late summer, if you notice small pairs of discarded wings in or around your home, it often signifies the presence of termites.
Termites will tend to stay hidden away from daylight and prefer the darkness of the underground or inside the walls of your home. This can make discovering a problem much more difficult until it is too late.
Termites work around the clock eating away at the wood they devour. They never sleep or take a break, although they do tend to slow down a little when it is colder outside and when it is dry. The extent of damage they do to a home depends on the size of the colony.
However, it is not uncommon for there to be multiple termite colonies all feasting on the same home in different areas simultaneously. In addition, a single developed colony could easily have a million or more active termites eating away at your home.
Now, imagine for a moment there were three or four developed colonies, each with a million termites, in your home. When there are three to four million or more termites destroying a home, the speed of their destruction is increased. They could easily destroy vital support structures in the walls, ceiling, and subflooring of your home in a matter of years.
The only line of defense you have against these unwanted home invaders is to get a termite inspection. Regular annual inspections help identify any potential termite activity in or near the home.
In the event your home has been invaded by termites, getting rid of them quickly with the right termite control treatment, like orange oil, prevents further damage. If your home is currently termite-free, it is still beneficial to have it treated to keep termites from moving in and ruining your house.
Why Termite Treatment Is Not a DIY Project
Treating termites is not the type of DIY project you want to do on your own. Effectively getting rid of termites requires a professional. The types and effectiveness of treatments can be related to the species of termites in or around your home.
In addition, store-bought products are often less effective at killing the queen of the colony and will only slow the damage but not get rid of the problem. Furthermore, many people make the mistake of disturbing food sources.
If you remove wood in your yard when it is already infested with termites, it does not get rid of the colony. Rather, the termites will seek out a new food source nearby, which could easily be your house, garage, storage shed, or even your deck!
If you have seen signs of termites around your home or want to verify your home is termite-free, please feel free to contact MightyMite Termite Services to schedule a home inspection appointment by calling 408-377-3761 today!