Why Do Termites Cause Property Damage
Termites are often referred to as “silent destroyers” for a good reason, as they can cause extensive damage to a property while remaining hidden from view. These wood-destroying insects feed on cellulose materials, primarily wood, and can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of homes and buildings.
Termites are responsible for causing damage to approximately 600,000 homes in the United States each year, resulting in an estimated $5 billion in repair costs. Their reputation for wreaking havoc on properties is well-founded, with consequences that extend beyond basic concerns. Perhaps the most alarming aspect of termite-induced damage is its ability to compromise the structural integrity of a building. Termites consume wood from the inside, leaving behind the harm they inflict beneath the surface. As time passes, this hollowing of wooden components can lead to weakened beams, walls, and floor supports, ultimately jeopardizing the structural stability of the entire building. In severe instances, this deterioration may result in sagging floors, bowed walls, and even roof collapses, presenting substantial safety risks for the homeowners. Correcting such structural harm can be not only financially burdensome but also time-intensive. Termite infestations can persist undetected for extended periods, allowing the damage to escalate before discovery. To safeguard your property from potential damage, it is crucial to schedule routine inspections with United Pest & Turf Control by contacting us as soon as you start noticing the signs of a termite infestation.
Are Termites a Health Risk?
Termites themselves do not pose a direct health risk to humans. They do not bite, sting, or transmit diseases like some other pests do. However, the presence of termites in your home or property can indirectly affect human health in a few ways. Termite infestations can lead to significant structural damage, potentially compromising the safety of the building. In extreme cases, this structural damage can result in accidents such as collapses or falling debris, which can cause injuries to the individuals in the home. On top of structural damages causing risks for the homeowners, the conditions that often favor termite infestations, such as moisture and wood decay, can create an environment that can grow mold and fungi. Exposure to mold spores can lead to respiratory issues and allergies, particularly in individuals who are sensitive or allergic to mold.
While termites themselves are not a direct health threat, the damage they cause and the conditions associated with their presence can indirectly impact human health and safety. Therefore, it’s crucial to address termite infestations promptly through professional termite control measures to reduce these potential risks.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
Mud TubesSubterranean termites construct mud tubes or tunnels that extend from the ground to the infested wood. These tubes are typically small, brown, and about the width of a pencil. Finding these tubes on the foundation, walls, or wooden structures is a strong indicator of subterranean termite activity.
Cracked PaintSubterranean termites can cause the paint on the surface of the wood to crack or bubble as they tunnel beneath it. This can be an early warning sign of an infestation, especially on window frames and baseboards.
Discarded WingsThere are different types of termites within a termite colony. One of those types is a termite swarmer. Termite swarmers are the reproductive members of the colony and are characterized by their wings. After they find a mate, they discard their wings. Where there are discarded wings, there is likely a colony nearby.
Sagging Floors or CeilingsThe structural integrity of the house may be impacted by termite damage to the subfloor, which can also cause more floor movement. As boards scrape against each other or nails, the floor may begin to creak. A defective subfloor may sink, and a sagging subfloor may cause the top layer of tile or hardwood flooring to slide away from it. Similarly, sagging and buckling ceilings can resemble light water damage when really it means there is an active termite infestation.
DroppingsAs termites digest the wood they eat, they push it out of the colony to prevent buildup. Some termites produce droppings that look like wood dust, while others produce pellet-shaped droppings. Typically, subterranean termites use droppings to create the mud tunnels we mentioned previously. Termite droppings can be difficult to spot, given that they take different forms.
Commercial Pest and Termite Control
Effective commercial pest control is not a one-time fix; it’s an ongoing process. Professionals routinely monitor your facility, looking for signs of pest activity, potential entry points, and environmental factors that might attract pests. By choosing a proactive approach, pest control experts can identify issues before they escalate, ultimately minimizing disruptions to your business operations.
Termite Inspection Services and Baiting Systems
We take immense pride in our commitment to offering our customers the ultimate in termite protection, as we exclusively install the industry-leading brand, Sentricon. There are compelling reasons why we wholeheartedly endorse Sentricon: The Sentricon system stands as a testament to scientific precision, meticulously engineered to not only address termite infestations but to eradicate them at their very source, including the termite queen herself. Even if you’ve never encountered the devastation of a termite infestation, Sentricon offers you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your property remains safeguarded against these silent destroyers, ensuring that you continue to enjoy a termite-free environment for years to come. Give us a call for a free inspection today.
Termite Infestation Prevention
- Regular Inspections
- Seal Entry Points
- Maintain Proper Ventilation
- Remove Moisture Sources
- Proper Landscaping
- Regularly Inspect Wooden Structures
- Install Termite Baiting
- Regular Maintenance
Reliable Pest & Termite Treatment
Reliable pest and termite treatment is the cornerstone of protecting your home or business from the threats posed by these intruders. We understand the importance of delivering trustworthy and effective pest control solutions that our clients can depend on. Whether you’re dealing with a persistent ant infestation, a troublesome rodent problem, or a termite colony quietly eating away at your property’s foundations, our team of experts is more than committed to providing you with a dependable and lasting solution.
Our approach to reliable pest and termite control begins with a comprehensive assessment of your specific pest issue. We tailor our treatment plans to address your unique needs, using state-of-the-art techniques and eco-friendly products to ensure the safety of your family, pets, and the environment. We prioritize transparency and communication throughout the process, keeping you informed about the steps we’re taking to eliminate the pests and prevent future infestations. With our reliable services, you can have confidence in the protection of your property, knowing that our experienced professionals have your best interests at heart. Choose us for reliable pest and termite treatment, and experience peace of mind in a pest-free environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
At United Pest & Turf Control we use approved and safe products and methods that are designed to minimize harm to humans, pets, and the environment. You can discuss your concerns with us, and we will take the necessary precautions to ensure safety during the treatment process.
Liquid treatments create a barrier while baiting systems use bait stations to attract and eliminate termites. Both can be effective, depending on the situation.
It is recommended to have a termite inspection annually, as termites can infest a property at any time. Frequent inspections can detect any early signs of infestations, allowing for prompt intervention and prevention of extensive damage.
Why Choose United Pest & Turf Control for Termite Inspections and Treatments
United Pest & Turf Control is your trusted partner for all your pest control needs. With a team of highly skilled and certified experts, we offer tailored solutions that prioritize the safety of your family, pets, and the environment. Our commitment to ongoing education and staying at the forefront of industry advancements ensures that we provide cutting-edge pest control services, making us the preferred choice for anyone seeking reliable, effective, and environmentally responsible pest management solutions. Contact us today and experience the peace of mind that comes with a pest-free environment and exceptional customer service.
The Sentricon System is one of the most studied termite treatment and prevention systems available to homeowners and business owners across the United States. In fact, the Sentricon System is so effective, some of the most cherished historic sites in the country trust the bait system for termite protection.
The original Sentricon System is the only termite product awarded the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The U.S. Government trusts Sentricon to protect historical landmarks such as Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty, and the White House. Let our certified and trained technicians start protecting your home today with a Sentricon System.
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