It can sometimes be hard to tell if you are having a pest problem. Involving a home inspection service is the best way to be sure exactly what your issue is and then have the correct treatment applied to your home. You will save yourself money, time, and unpleasant treatments as the correct processes are performed to effectively and efficiently rid you of any pest issues.
How do you know if you have pests in your house?
There are some warning signs that termites have taken root in your home. Things to look out for include any sightings of swarms of winged insects or discarded wings; this may be indoors or around the soil outside. You should also check your walls. On your indoor walls look for bubbling or cracked paint and termite droppings. Outdoor walls you should look for mud tubes, these may also be in crawl spaces or on wooden beams. Any wood that you have access to, tap on it and notice if it sounds hollower than previously. Any of these signs suggest that you should get someone in to inspect the situation.
What are the risks of termites?
There are over 40 different species of termites in the US and over 2000 different species across the world. They can cause serious damage to your home, so we have to be alert to any early warning signs in order to prevent considerable damage. Every year over $5billion of damage is caused within the US by termites and you should know that most insurance plans will not cover you for this issue. Termites will traverse through firstly wood, but also plaster, metal siding and many other materials. They will feed on your furniture, floors, and ceilings, destroying everything in their path.
What do I do if they have been found?
Eagle Eye Home Inspection will direct you to a professional pest removal team who, dependent on the degree of infestation and the layout of your home, will create a customized plan to treat your home. This will include a variety of treatments that may use foam, dry foam and liquid methods. The treatments will penetrate the materials of your home getting rid entirely of any eggs, and live termites.
There are some simple things that you can do to make your home less inviting to termites! Firstly, you must eliminate moisture problems. This may involve repairing leaking systems, and securely sealing all entry points of water, pipes and other utility lines. You should keep your gutters clean and diverting water away from the foundation and structure of your home. Remove any water that is stagnant, such as on a flat roof and keep all vents clear. Finally, you want to reduce any material that termites want! You should keep any firewood, lumber, debris and any tree stumps away from the house. You should add screens to any vents and make sure that any wood on your building is not touching the ground. These measures will go a long way to protect you and your home from pesky pests!