by Jason Johnson
In my travels, I have encountered many a pest (some human, some non-human). I have experienced pest problems – from an ant infestation to a problem with a stubborn pigeon, who my flat mates named Penelope. You name it; I have thrown a shoe at it. But with all my rotten luck with pests, I have managed to avoid the big one and I sincerely hope that I don’t ever encounter this pest. The holy grail of all pests – termites.
Termites are the VIP of the pest kingdom because, like cockroaches, termites have been around for a very long time. They have been around since the age of dinosaurs making them one of the most successful species in the animal kingdom. Unlike cockroaches though, termites cannot simply be taken care of by good house keeping and regular poisoning. These pests are notoriously difficult to get rid of and that is why we refer to them as a specialist treatment in the pest control world.
While flies, cockroaches and ants are an annoyance and a major health risk, they are taken care of with relative ease at minimal destruction to the actual property. Termites on the other hand, are one of the most (if not the most), destructive pests. Collapsing roofs and damaged foundations are common problems that homeowners face when dealing with termites. This is also the reason why termites are one of the most expensive pests to treat. In the US alone termites cause roughly in the region of 5 billion dollars worth of damage. That is almost as much as it would be to repair a town struck by a hurricane!
While termites are unpredictable and very difficult to get rid of, there are a few things you could do to protect your home from termites. Here are a few termite control tips you could employ at home to make sure that you don’t become part of the 5 billion dollar statistic:
Because termites are attracted to wet or moist wood it is very important that you control the use of water around your home. Leaking taps or pipes should be seen to immediately before the water gets into contact with the wood. Always make sure that your gutters are readily cleared and cleaned to avoid standing water seeping into your roof. At all times try and keep your homes foundation dry so that wood does not start to rot.
As with any pest, the best way to avoid or prevent infestation is to make sure that your home is not a suitable environment for the pest. Wet wood is really all termites need to survive as this provides them with food, water as well as shelter. Try and not store fire wood or any other type of lumber on your premises. If this is unavoidable, try and store fire wood and lumber in dry areas preferably away from the foundation of your home. Also clear all debris such as leaves and stumps immediately.
In order for the above termite control tips to be effective, it is advisable to do regular checks around your home as well. Many people don’t realize they have a termite problem until the second floor collapses and you find yourself sleeping in the kitchen. Regularly check wooden stairs and panels for a hollow sound by knocking on it. Not only do termites eat you out of house and home, they fly as well. A sudden presence of winged termites almost definitely indicates that you may have an infestation.
Many pest control companies offer expert inspections as well to check whether or not you may need a termite treatment solution. If you have a hunch, I suggest that you consider getting a termite control specialist like Rentokil in to come and do an inspection to confirm whether or not you may have to take further steps. I know it’s a cliché, but in the case of termites prevention truly is better than cure.
If you are of the unfortunate whose DIY termite control efforts failed and you find yourself with a termite problem you can always also contact Rentokil to put in place a termite treatment. We have specialist staff that deal with termites and take them very seriously. So, before your home collapses around you, do yourself a favor and call the experts in pest control.