Though termites can be ecologically beneficial to us, they can break down detritus for adding nutrients to the soil. However, the same kind of feeding behavior may prove helpful for our ecosystem and can also cause severe destruction to human homes.
As termites usually feed on wood, they are quite capable of reducing the safety and strength of any infested structure. Any termite damage can make structures totally unlivable until expensive repairs are done.
Structural property damage
Most homes are constructed by using wood as constituent and its structures are threatened by the activity of termite. Besides wood, many other materials used at home may also get termite infestations because termites are capable of navigating through metal siding, plaster and more.
Then termites will feed on ceilings, cabinets, floors and wooden furniture available in these homes.
As termites often may not be identified before considerable amount of damage has already occurred, it is better that homeowners experiencing any termite infestation must contact certain pest control professional prior to attempting to solve the issue on their own.
In order to properly identify the problem, professionals will first conduct Sacramento termite inspection, then will discuss possible treatment avenues with you.
They dwell underground in damp and loose soil. Although the African subterranean termite species are too aggressive and are known for the mounds above the houses, signs of damage due to subterranean termite in the USA are less obvious.
Until infestations are absolutely full-blown, any interior damage will not become apparent. Sometimes termite damage may appear similar to the water damage.
Signs of outward termite damage will include buckling wood or swollen ceilings and floor areas which appear to be affected by slight water damage or visible mazes within furniture or walls. Termite infestations can also exude a scent that is similar to mold or mildew.
Subterranean termites can also access food sources above the ground through mud tunnels that they can create from their saliva, feces and mud. These tunnels are usually located near foundation of the infested homes.
Dry-wood termite damage signs
Usually dry-wood termites will build their colonies inside the wooden structures. They can also be found inside the walls or furniture. Their infestations may become apparent only after the colony has finally burrowed so deeply inside the infested item that you can notice veneer cracks and also the maze-like tunnels underneath.
Such damages are quite common in certain antique furniture pieces. Whenever you notice this on any new furniture or walls or floors of your home, then contact pest control professional for discussing the severity of the infestation and extermination options as well.
Termites can happen most often if a home remains vacant or this problem is totally ignored for many years. Normally, you have got two choices while repairing wood that is damaged by termites.
- Either remove totally the damaged wood then replace it with completely new wood.
- Attach new wood to damaged wood to provide support which can be more cost-effective if it is feasible.
Let’s suppose that there are termites in your premises. Can you can fix the loss and damage without filing for bankruptcy? Mostly chances are that you can. Sometimes, termites may damage a house beyond repair, however it’s rare.