How To Safeguard Houses From Termite Infestation?
One type of pest that tends to easily find its way into households, only to cause huge issues, is termites. These pests are regular sights during autumn and the rainy season, as they tend to reside in places that have moisture. The fondest area of attack for termites is wooden furniture in the house.
What are Termites?
Termites are tiny creatures also known as “white ants”, which are known to infest wooden goods. They are not typical ants and have an uncanny resemblance to cockroaches. Most of the time, they are not visible to the naked eye, and the infestation is not known unless one doesn’t start finding powdered like substance erupting from the wooden furniture.
Similar to other bugs, these creatures tend to multiply quickly usually ranging in millions. Termites require a comparatively humid area with lesser sunlight, hence many houses tend to face attack by these creatures at the end of summer and beginning of the rainy season.
Are Termites Harmful?
Termites aren’t harmful to humans. Though these creatures tend to bite, the bites are not toxic. Many people tend to be allergic to their bites and develop rashes or itching in reaction to its saliva or droppings on exposed skin. The individuals residing in the house infested by termites may suffer from allergic reactions, and some may contract asthma.
How to Know if Your House is Infested With Termites?
Look out for these signs of termite infestations
1. Presence of powder on the Furniture: While some wooden furniture made out of a lower quality of wood tend to leave behind powder, the furniture infested by termites have a different appearance. Termites tend to eat away the wood, creating a hollow inside. One can easily determine if wood is infested by tapping on the suspected area and listening for a hollow sound. The part of wood eaten away by termites turns hollow, usually leaving behind only powder.
2. Clicking Sounds: While quiet, one may hear the distinctive clicking noise of a termite from behind a frame or other wooden goods.
3. Termites tend to create their colony inside wood. These creatures do have wings which they lose once having found their mate. If one notices the presence of wings spread everywhere or on the sides of wooden furniture, it is an obvious sign of infestation by termites.
4. Termites create a hollow inside of the wood by eating it away. The hollow resembles tunnels or small holes in the wood, inside which the termites reside. Finding mud and dirt spread around the areas of the holes and tunnels is a sure sign of termite infestation in the house.
5. While wooden doors tend to get damp and bloat during rain, termite infestations will cause the doors to become misshapen making it difficult to close and open smoothly. Proper application of termite insecticide on the door hinges may help in getting rid of termites.
How to Get Rid of Termites?
Termites cannot breed or survive in the heat of sunlight, which is why they only breed during the end of summer and during rainy seasons. Exposing the infested wood to sunlight tends to kill the termites, thus aiding in getting rid of their nuisance.
Termites also cannot survive extreme cold temperatures. Placing the infested furniture in a deep freeze for few hours can also help get rid of termites.
Other methods include placing cardboard strips in the infested area and burning the strips, application of boric acid, and use of nematodes worms which feeds on termites.
One may also find professional help (which is highly recommended) to get rid of termites, as these creatures tend to multiply at a fast pace, making it difficult to get rid of them completely without professional guidance, especially if the termites have spread throughout the house.