How to Control Termites

Termites have the capability to chew through wallpapers, wood and even flooring completely undetected. For this reason, they are called ‘silent destroyers’. What is more, termites live in large colonies and feed non-stop throughout their lives. This causes potential property damage to buildings and houses in which they have invaded. If you find termites anywhere in your home or office contact Miller Pest & Termite for a thorough inspection followed by treatment which can save you millions of dollars down the line from property damage.


Why should I eradicate termites?

If you haven’t been bitten by a termite yet, count yourself lucky. But it is coming. This small insects’ bite can cause pain on the human flesh like no other. However, there are more serious reasons why you should ensure that you are termite free

Damage to property

Termites feed on cellulose which is a compound found in wood. Due to their large numbers and the ability to chew wood easily they can weaken and destroy buildings especially those made from wood in a few years. Even in buildings made of cement, there could be cracks that termites can penetrate through and then attack anything made of wood such as wallpapers and sofa sets.

Widening cracks

Termites are tiny but numerous. To pass through cracks, they are forced to make wider roads to accommodate the colony. With time, the cracks become bigger and bigger threatening the stability of a building. In addition, the cracks may grow big enough to allow other animals such as small rats to find their way into the building via the cracks.

Damage to electrical wires

Some types of termites have powerful jaws that can chew on the insulation of your electric wires while searching for wood to chew. This can cause short circuiting in the house leading to unnecessary electric accidents. Be wary when you find a damaged electric cable as this could have been caused by termites. Cables which lie on the floor or along the walls are most likely to be affected.

Causes illness

Yes, termites can be the cause of your allergy, fungal infection or skin disease. How? You may wonder. Damp wood termites thrive in damp and dark areas such as in dump wood found outside your house. This is the place where mold thrives too. As the termites move along, they disperse the mold which then causes illness when inhaled or when it lands on your skin.

There are many ways in which termites can get into your house. One is through tiny cracks especially in homes built on slabs, crawling under the carpet, expansion joints that are not properly sealed or on cracks near pipes in a building. These are the places to look for when trying to eradicate termites.

Finally, it is important to seek professional help when dealing with termites. A professional knows what to look for and the best way to go about it. That is why periodical termite inspections are highly recommended for your safety and the safety of your property.