Ordinary House Problems: The Termite  

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The termite is perhaps the oldest enemy and problem of every house. It destroys wooden constructions even furniture and fixture that are made of wood. In the United States the most common type of termites are called subterranean termites. Due to their wood-eating habits, many termite species can do great damage to unprotected buildings and other wooden structures. Their habit of remaining concealed often results in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and exhibit surface changes. Once termites have entered a building, they do not limit themselves to wood; they also damage paper, cloth, carpets, and other cellulosic materials. Therefore in the U.S., subterranean termite control is of great essence. But how can there pests be controlled?

There are various ways to control a possible infestation but first and foremost the best way is to actually stop an infestation from happening. Some of the ways to do it according to a termite control website are: 1) Keep moisture away from your house; 2) Get rid of wood debris in your yard or near your home; 3) Check your house for cracks. 4) Wood structures near your house should not touch the ground. 5) Use woods that are termite-resistant; 6) Use sand barriers. Termites cannot tunnel through sand, so it is often used as a way to stop them from entering your home; 7) Have your house inspected regularly - at least once a year; 8) and Do NOT mess with any termite colonies you find on your property.

Of course if you are already infested there are various ways it can be treated so don't worry. The best way still as I said before is a long-term planning of your home and considering all possible problems it could face including those from unwarranted visitors.

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