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Why Being Proactive With Termites Is So Important

termites in a hole in wood

You haven’t seen any termites on your property, so why would you need a termite treatment from a professional pest control company? Actually, you may not see any termites at all, but you will see the serious damage that they have caused after-the-fact. And that damage can be very costly. If you want to avoid costly damage from termites, it is beneficial to be proactive. Get in contact with a professional pest control service to prevent an infestation.

Homes, buildings, and personal property that are built primarily of wood are at risk for damage by an undetected termite infestation long before anyone is aware there is a problem. Termites are clever and have been known to get past more than just wood, traveling through materials like metal siding and plaster. They can eat their way through furniture, floors, walls, and ceilings in a short period of time. The result of this can be devastating; and the damage can prove to be costly, especially if the structure of a home or building is compromised. Not to mention the potential safety hazard if a structure is weakened to a point of collapse. No one wants to wait until it’s too late! That is why being proactive is so important, and it is the best way to prevent a termite infestation.

There are two main types of termites, the subterranean termite and the drywood termite. Either species could already be munching away at the wood in your home, but the damages they cause will look a bit different.

Subterranean termite damage will look much like water damage - drooping ceilings, warped floors, and buckling wood. You might be able to see visible mazes in those areas, and you might notice a slight mildew smell. Sometimes you can see mud tunnels above ground around building foundations that the termites create with their saliva, feces, and mud and use for traveling from their colony to their food source.

Drywood termite damage is much harder to detect as this species can burrow deep into the wood; but eventually you may see slight cracks from the outside or raised tunnel mazes just beneath the surface of wood furniture, walls, and beams.

Both species of termite can avoid detection very easily as they silently eat their way through your home. The damage will happen without you even knowing there are any termites present, which is why it is so important to be proactive. In order to prevent an infestation, you should contact a professional home pest control service to inspect and treat your property before you experience any damage. Being proactive can save you the headache of costly damage and give you peace of mind that your home or building is protected.

If you live in the Lexington, Kentucky, area and are looking to prevent home or property damage from termites proactively, give Action Pest Control a call. We have a Five-Step Termite Control System that includes a comprehensive inspection, termite treatment with Termidor®, a three-month termite elimination inspection, an annual termite inspection, and a money-back guarantee and damage warranty. Give us a call today to learn more!