One thing is certain: Unchecked termite infestations result in costly property damage. In fact, homeowners in the United States spend approximately $5 billion per year on termite damage and treatment. There is no question that termites endanger the integrity of a structure. This is why termite treatment is indeed an “essential business.”
But many people wonder, “Am I in any danger? Is my family in danger?” Well, as LA and Southern California’s source for termite control solutions, we’re here to help you get some peace of mind with the answer.
What Harm Can Termites Cause?
Generally speaking, termites aren’t dangerous. Unlike many spiders, they aren’t venomous; unlike mosquitos, they don’t transfer diseases. Here are the three concerns of which you should be aware:
Termites can bite humans, but they usually don’t. Termites prefer isolation, and they won’t bite a human unless handled. Only the worker termites have the jaws to bite humans, and a bite won’t be toxic.However, these bites can be harmful if they lead to an allergic reaction.
Our advice: If you do encounter a termite colony, don’t disturb the colony. Just call a termite exterminator, and avoid the colony.
Allergies Caused by Termites
Since termites shed, produce dust, and produce droppings, they can cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you notice that you have itchy skin, watery eyes, asthma attacks, or you’re constantly sneezing, termites may be to blame. While allergic reactions are rare, they may be the first sign that you have a termite infestation. Hire experts to perform a termite inspection in your home—we provide free termite inspection services for folks throughout Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Structural Damage to the Home
As stated above, termite infestations put homes in danger. Termites undermine the integrity of a home because they consume wood. Perhaps you’ve heard the idiom to “eat someone out of house and home.” Well, termites can do this literally! They can go unnoticed for years on end, and a colony can literally eat the structure of your home.
This is why it is crucial for you to stay on top of termite treatments. In the early stages, termite damage can be remedied, and your home won’t be in immediate danger. However, if termites are left unchecked, eventually your home may be deemed structurally unsound, and you’ll be left with a home that requires repairs (or, in extreme cases, may need to be demolished).
Your home will also lose value as termites consume its wood, and it may be difficult to sell your home if you choose to put it on the market. A home inspector may note the termite damage and reduce the value of your home.
When to Act, and What to Do
If you notice any signs of termites, don’t delay. Termites will continue to consume wood throughout your home, and a single colony can split and spread to other areas of your home, which will double the problem at hand.
What are some signs of a termite infestation?
Termite droppings (frass) that look like small wood pellets are one of the most common signs of termites. While swarming termites are the most obvious evidence of a termite infestation, you should also look out for termite wings these swarmers leave behind. In addition, subterranean termites create mud tubes that serve as evidence of infestation. On the other hand, evidence may take the form of hollow sounding wood or sagging or blistering wood floors. You may also notice signs of termites in trees, lumber, firewood, and other wood around your property. Keep an eye out for mud tunnels and blowholes, and tunnels underneath bark. You may even be able to see termites in action if you split the wood.
It’s Time to Call Hi-Tech Termite Control
For premier termite control services, count on us here at Hi-Tech. With twenty-five years of experience, we are termite control experts, and we proudly serve Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties. We perform termite inspections, which reveal the severity of the problem and the source of your infestation. We also provide extermination services, including chemical treatments, microwave termite treatments (an accurate, alternative termite treatment technique), and, as a last resort, home tenting fumigation for termites. If you’re ready to get started, reach out to us today!