When you discover termites in your home, you may be terrified. After all, it’s pretty creepy thinking about a colony of bugs living right under your nose. The first thing you may ask yourself is, “Is my family in any danger?” Well, we’re here to help you get some peace of mind with the answer.
What Harm Can Termites Cause?
In general, termites aren’t dangerous. They aren’t like venomous spider species, nor do they carry transferrable diseases, like mosquitos. That said, termites are still a bit hazardous, since they can bite, they can cause an allergic reaction, and of course, they can damage a home to the point that it’s no longer structurally sound. Here are the three concerns of which you should be cognizant:
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. 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
Finally, termites can be a danger to your home. Since termites consume wood, and they can go unnoticed for years on end, a colony can literally eat the structure of your home. Now, most of the time, termite damage can be remedied, and your home won’t be in immediate danger. That said, your home may be deemed structurally unsound, and you’ll be left with a home that requires repairs (or, in extreme cases, it 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, it’s best to act right away. 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?
If you notice mud tunnels, dropped termite wings, or termite droppings (which look like wood pellets), then you have termites. You may also notice that your floors are sagging, or wood members throughout your home make a hollow noise. 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 the crew here at Hi-Tech. We’re termite control experts. 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!