A Few Things You Should Know About Termites Before They Show Themselves This Summer
Everybody is talking about termites, which makes sense given the unique climatic conditions that became familiar last winter. And now experts are telling us to prepare for a bug invasion. The mild winter and mild spring created the perfect storm of bugs, but big-deal right? Who cares about bugs? I am sure you, and a whole lot of people, are not afraid of bugs. What are all of these bugs going to do, drive us from our homes?
Well, hopefully the bug epidemic that is supposed to hit this summer turns out to be overstated despite the several seemingly legitimate warnings from the experts. And while most bugs do not possess any threat at all toward you, or any other human for that matter, there are a few bugs that possess the potential to cause extensive damage.
Of course I am talking about termites. You know? Those tiny bugs that form colonies numbering in the thousands, and they may, or may not make your house collapse. The problem with termites is their taste for cellulose, mostly in plant form. However, our houses and apartments provide more than enough cellulose in wood to feed an army of termites for years.
In the United States, there is not just one single type of termite that goes around causing problems; there are actually three main types of US termites. The first is known as subterranean and the second and third are named drywood and dampwood, respectively. Three types of termites may seem like a lot of termites to handle, but don’t forget that there are over two thousand species of termites in the world.
If you want to prevent the presence of termites in your home then try and reduce the moisture levels throughout your house as termites thrive in moist conditions. Repair leaky faucets, clean your gutters, and get rid of the standing water on your roof.
Have you ever known someone to had to sell his or her house due to a termite infestation? Or did he or she contact pest-control?