A termite infestation can be a huge risk to the safety of your home, and a major source of stress for any homemaker. After all, any threat that can potentially harm and endanger your family is a great point of concern.
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The Harmful Effects of a Termite Infestation
A particularly large infestation of termites can seriously affect the structural stability and foundation of a house. At the same time, the presence of termites in a home can cause allergies to the home’s residents.
Another source of concern is that termites can actually bite humans and cause painful and irritating wounds.
How to Prevent Termites
As in most things, prevention is always better than the cure, and there are many ways to prevent a termite infestation in your home. Here a few simple steps to do so.
#1 Control potential causes of moisture build-up
Termites feed off of moisture and love inhibiting places that are damp and wet. Regularly inspect your roof for any damaged roof tiles that can allow moisture to build inside the home. The attic is a particularly usual spot where a termite infestation in a house begins, so be vigilant and check all parts of the attic at regular intervals.
Similarly, constantly check your air conditioning unit to ensure it has no leaks and doesn’t build moisture inside the house.
#2 Regularly inspect your wooden furniture
Termites feed off of wood, so any exposed wood materials in your house are at risk of a termite infestation. Wooden beams on the ceiling or other wooden parts of your home’s foundation should be monitored closely and regularly checked.
Wooden floors are also particularly prone to termite infestations, as termites can make their way into the home from underneath the soil and up to the wooden floor, where the termites will feed and fester beyond control.
Wooden furniture also run the risk of being inhabited by termites, so it would be wise to also include them in your regular inspections and termite spot checks.
#3 Always inspect your laundry room
A particularly high-risk part of your home that’s largely prone to moisture buildup is the laundry room. In addition, items of clothing lying around, particularly those made of cotton which termites feed on, post an additional risk.
You must therefore always make sure that there are no items of clothing on the floor and against any of the walls in the laundry room.
#4 Keep bedroom and living room wooden furniture away from walls
Truthfully, the best way to ensure your living room and bedroom will be termite-free would be to do away with wooden furniture and use metal or plastic ones instead. But for people who like the style and design of wooden furniture over other materials, ensure they are always cleaned and maintained properly, keeping them away from the walls so as not to attract the termites that might climb on them.
#5 Don’t forget the garage and storage room
Like a lot of people, you probably store a lot of belongings in cardboard boxes either in your garage or in a separate storage room. These boxes are a great source of food for termites, making them highly prone to an infestation. Always keep your storage boxes away from walls, whether it’s in your garage or a storage room, and make sure these areas of your home have proper ventilation to avoid moisture build-up.
#6 Pay special attention to leaky pipes and cupboards
Leaky pipes create excessive moisture and can therefore be a breeding ground of a termite infestation. Cupboards are also the same way. Don’t forget to put these items on your to-do list when you implement your regular termite inspection.
What do you do if you have a termite infestation in your home?
If after all your safety precautions, termites still manage to infiltrate your home, the best solution is to hire Termite Control Austin to fix the problem for you.
As much as possible don’t try to resolve the issue on your own, or otherwise fear the possibility of an even bigger headache for you and your family.
For starters, not all pesticides are actually able to eradicate termite infestations, and only a skilled and trained professional from companies like Termite Control Austin can determine this for you. They will also thoroughly inspect all areas of your home, provide a proposal on how to eradicate these termite infestations, and finally get the job done for you, without the stress and hassle of a DIY solution.