Lesson: Termites Are A Real Nuisance! Control Termites Before They Control Your House

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Lesson Objective

Termites Are A Real Nuisance! Control Termites Before They Control Your House

Lesson Plan

Termites are commonly called “silent destroyers.” These pesky creatures can destroy most areas inside the house, including ceiling boards, tiles, and drywall. They can jam your windows as well as doors.

• The costs of an invasion can include rebuilding wardrobes, foundation beams, and restoring kitchen cabinets.

• In the earlier stages, detecting an infestation can be difficult.

• It is advisable to undertake professional termite inspection regularly. Early detection will prevent major repairs and save you money. Termite inspection is effectively executed when the problem is detected earlier.

For Successful Termite Control, It is Necessary to Identify the Species

The major species are subterranean and dry-wood species. The subterranean type normally burrows underground where there is plenty of moisture because moisture is essential to their survival.

Drywood species don't require moisture. They mostly inhabit timber. The major difference between these two species is that the dry wood species usually generates moisture from its body.

Inspecting For Pests

Successful termite control requires proper termite inspection.

• The detection process should start by searching for droppings on your floor. These droppings are small pellets and have different colors. A large number of droppings indicate an infestation. Droppings will be found in different parts of the home, including the wardrobe, sinks, and cabinets.

• Signs of termite infestation include bubbling paints and mud tubes.

Tips for Termite Control

1. Reduce Moisture

You should reduce the moisture level of your house. Subterranean termites love moisture. They like staying in wet places. They are attracted by damp foundations and basement areas.

• Moisture control requires checking for leakages in your house.

• Humid areas like the bathrooms and kitchens need proper ventilation.

• You shouldn't leave spills. These need to be cleaned using a rug.

• Don't leave stagnant water because it attracts many insects, including mosquitoes and termites.

2. Keep all firewood very far from your property

Drywood termites usually hide inside firewood.

3. Properly seal cracks because they are the perfect hiding point for termites

You should seal cracks inside and outside your house to prevent the termite problem. 

4. Damp wood should be replaced.

5. Use pest control products commonly sold in shops.

There are many over-the-counter products that can help you control pests. Choose a product that has environmentally-friendly ingredients. 

6. Use natural pest control methods, such as the use of baits.

Natural pest control methods are the best. They will save you money, and they have the least impact on the environment. 

The Bottom-Line

Don’t let the termite problem to go out of hand. Deal with the termite problem in the earlier stages. If the problem worsens, it will be hard to control termites, and you might need to involve a professional, and that will cost you money.

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