Termites can cause immense damage to structures and property once an infestation begins. They tear through some of the most common building materials that make up your home or business. Sometimes they do so undetected.
Termites take several different forms, some with wings and some without. An untrained eye will often mistake them for a harmless insect. Termite infestations might go unnoticed for some time, all the while causing catastrophic damage. Once you notice an infestation, you need to deal with it right away.
Every year, termites cause Americans over $5 billion in damages. Even worse, many insurance plans do not cover damage caused by termites. The longer an infestation goes on, the more damage they cause.
Termites spread out and create new colonies after mating. One isolated infestation can quickly spread to other areas of your home or business. So, by the time you notice one infestation, you might already have to deal with another one.
Termites love wood and plant matter and can eat anything related to it. They will not stop at the walls but will continue into furniture and even paper products.
Signs of an Infestation
Check for cracked/bubbling paint and mud tubes on the exterior of your home or business. These might indicate that a termite infestation has already begun. If a wood structure makes a hollow sound when you tap on it, termites might be devouring it from the inside. Additionally, look for excrement and wing shreds at the base of exterior walls.
Look for swarms of flying insects in or around your home. Try to identify them if possible. If they look like termites, call a professional.
Dealing With Termites
As soon as you notice signs of an infestation or even suspect one, call a professional right away. Termites do not stop until all food material is depleted. That means they can destroy the structural integrity of your home or business, putting your family and employees at risk. Waiting to deal with an infestation risks further colonies and infestations.
Abarb Pest Services has been serving Northern New Jersey and New York City for over 37 years. With that kind of experience, you can trust them to take care of your termite problems, and any other pest infestation. Contact Abarb Pest Services today, and keep your home and business intact.