Common FAQ’s about termite infestation that homeowners would like answers to:
Why should I worry about having termites in or outside my home?
Termites cause billions of dollars of damage a year around the world, their primary food source is wood obviously but also feed on books, insulation, paper, even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. They injure surrounding trees and shrubs, weaken the structure of your home by eating away at the supporting beams in extreme cases of termite infestation. It’s important to carry out termite inspections on a home that you are thinking of moving in or buying as it may have damage that sometimes is not visible and may affect the structural integrity of the home. It’s always best to be safe than sorry.
Why are infestations usually discovered during the months of March-May?
Well, the spring season is when you typically see a large number of winged termites called “Swarmers” these fly out of already existing colonies to disperse and form new colonies. The warmer climate and rainfall trigger the “swarmers” to fly away from the colony into the air.
Once they land somewhere, these swarmers shed their wings and pair off with a mate to attempt to make new colonies in the soil.
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Can I treat the house for termites myself?
Ridding your home of this pest takes special skills as a termite infestation can remain undetected in your home for months or even years, you would need to have knowledge of the structure of your home. Have knowledge of the signs to look for that would indicate a termite infestation and know where to carry out your inspection. You would also need to have the tools that a trained pest control exterminator would need to carry out an inspection and extermination, not to mention pumping gallons of pesticide in the affected areas to rid yourself of the termite colony. So it is not impossible to carry this out yourself, but it’s best to call the professionals who have the training and tools for the job.