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How to protect your home from termites

All homeowners would agree that one of their worst fears is finding termites thriving in their home. These tiny insects may seem harmless, but if they go unnoticed, one may be surprised that your beautiful house needs to be completely renovated because the termites have already eaten all the wood that supports the entire structure of the house. Proper knowledge about how termites thrive is the key to preventing these little spoilers from completely damaging your home.

Termites are insects that feed on the dead parts of trees and plants. Although there are several species of termites, they all require basic things like food, shelter, and moisture in order to survive. The small mouth of termites can knock over large blocks of food, especially wood. It is this devouring ability of termites that homeowners fear. Homes, regardless of how they are built, can easily be infested by termites. These small pests, particularly drywood termites, can easily enter your home and live inside furniture and walls.

One important thing about termites is that these creatures never go alone. These creatures attack by colonies made up of hundreds or even thousands of hungry termites that are ready to knock down any wood they can find. So if you see only a few termites on the ground or outside on your lawn, then you already have a big problem because chances are there are already thousands more that are devouring all the wood in your house.

The problems caused by termite infestation in your home are not obvious and most of the time it is too late when they are discovered. One of the signs that there are termites in your home is when you start to see small holes in your walls. When termites eat wood, they usually leave behind wood dust, which is why wood-like dust can be found on the floor. Termites tend to eat the middle of the wood, so when you touch the wood you will find that it has a sacred sound.

One of the effective methods homeowners can do to protect their homes from termite infestations is to keep their home foundations dry. This may require you to evaluate and, if necessary, do some necessary renovations on how the water flows in your home. Try to fill the cracks and holes in your walls with cement or other fillers. Keeping your home sealed can deter termites from entering your home. If you are unsure whether your home is termite-free, you can contact your local pest control company and have them assess for signs of termite infestation and remove these small pests immediately.

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