They’ll eat you out of house and home
These pests secretly move in, hide in your walls, and proceed to eat your house down if given a chance. Don’t give them a chance. Since it’s difficult to know if you have termites without a professional inspection, the safest course is to have a professional inspection of your home or business once a year, so any infestation can be dealt with before significant damage is done. You need to eradicate the entire nest, particularly its queen.
What are termites?
Termites eat wood. In nature, they help break down old trees and are beneficial. In your house? Not so beneficial. They bear a superficial resemblance to ants, but they are not the same. Termites have a thick waist and ants have a narrow waist. Termites have four wings that are almost all equal in length. Ants have four wings, but two are larger and two are smaller.
Signs of termite infestation
Some classic signs are bubbling paint (because the termites have eaten away the wood beneath), mud tubes where the ground meets your house, or piles of discarded wings from the “swarmers.” But you can have an active infestation without any obvious signs. Be aware that your homeowners insurance is very unlikely to cover termite damage. It’s important to prevent infestations or to end them promptly. Make sure water drains away from your foundation. Keep your foundation exposed and visible, preventing plants and mulch from touching the foundation or exterior walls. Don’t keep wood piles near your house. Termite eradication is not a job for the do-it-yourselfer. Specialized equipment and professionally managed chemicals are required to avoid putting the health of you, your family and your pets at risk.
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Did you know?
Researchers have discovered that some termites developed agriculture about 31 million years ago, and keep “gardens” of fungus to eat. But in Central Illinois, termites simply eat wood, including the lumber in our homes and buildings.