For anyone unfortunate enough to experience an invasion of termites, the problem is a massive headache. The threat is real as termites thrive on wood and so the very structure of your house is at risk if you should find it under attack from termites.
Quite often the area underneath the house, known as shingles is moist and so this is a perfect area for terminates to thrive and develop a nest. Although an unpleasant problem, termite infestation needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Read on to discover ways in which you can combat the problem and save your house from peril.
Obviously the best way to get rid of termites is to prevent them from causing any damage in the first place. If you live in the United States, ground or subterranean termites are the most common type and these are able to build “mud tubes” from wood found in the soil that enables them to reach other sources of wood on the surface. This is where your house shingles are directly under threat and this is the area that you need to focus on preventing them. Evidence of “mud tubes” above the surface is the first sign that you have a problem and you should then take one of the options available below.
Perhaps the easiest method of dealing with termites is to get a professional exterminator to treat the infected areas for you. Although this will obviously cost you, they are sure to get the job done and remove the termites for good. Typically they will use purpose built wood to attract the termites. These wood traps will contain chemicals that are ingested by the termites that then carry them into the nest, thus killing all of them. This process is known as “baiting”.
If you wish to solve the problem yourself then you can find plenty of products on the market that can help you. These chemicals are effective and safe if used correctly. Use them to protect your house shingles by creating a barrier around the property, then whenever termites attempt to reach the wood on the shingles they are instantly repelled.
In addition to the above, there are also some very good pesticide sprays that you can use to treat the wood on the base of your house. Remember that when using these types of chemicals it is important to protect yourself as well as your home. It is recommended that you wear some form of protective clothing when spraying the infected area.
Once you are sure that you have killed the termites and the nest, it is important to replace the existing shingles. Check the wood carefully and seek professional advice on how to replace any damaged areas.