Pests love our homes. They love the warmth, and sometimes they love the cooler areas. Some pests love to be on the ceilings, or within the wall frame. You are not the only one who loves the warmth and comfort of your home, pests, insects and rodents also love the cozy, comfortable and safe environment your home offers. When your home offers a desired amount of moisture, food, and warm temperature it is a personalized invitation into your home for pests, insects and rodents.
Understanding a Termite
Termites are a very commonly known amongst homeowners. Termites may be small in size, but are eager to make your home their home. Their small size is an advantage, and it allows them to quickly and effortlessly enter your home through the smallest crack or hole. Termites are very determined insects constantly eating and working their way through your home without sleep.
Termites live in colonies that can house a million or more at one time. Once termites enter your home, they can cause significant damage to the wooden structure, wood work, stair case and your personal belongings. This can create a very unhealthy environment for you and your family, and can cause property damage to skyrocket, destroying your home, and costing you thousands of dollars in damage.
Pests, Insects and Rodents
It is highly recommended for homeowners to closely inspect their living environment and basement for signs of tan, reddish-brown or black droppings, especially during the hot summer months; May, June, July, and August.
Some homeowners tend to overlook inspecting the floor joists, support piers, sill plates and foundation walls-- inside and outside, underneath their home. In addition, homeowners must also search outside their foundation walls for mud tubes. Subterranean termites live and thrive in moist soil, but subterranean termites also feed on wood, and create mud passageways through the wooden structures of your home.
A large majority of structural damage is invisible to the human eye. It is best for homeowners to schedule routine examinations for hidden structural damage. A homeowner can also do an easy at-home test, though this pales in comparison to the efficiency of an expert opinion.
A homeowner can use a wooden heel of a screwdriver and firmly tapping on the wooden structure of the home. Most structural damage is hidden so listen closely for the sound of hollowed out wood. Also, use a heavy duty awl to probe for damage. Since most basements tend to be dark, for extra assistance use a bright flashlight to help inspect your home.
If you have suspicions that your home is showing signs of pests, insects or rodents, there is help and treatment available. It is best to call a professional who can evaluate your situation, confirm your suspicions and discuss the quickest, most effective and best options to eliminate, control, prevent and treat the existing wood in your home, and make any necessary repairs to protect your home from further damage.
Many homeowners attempt to remove pests, rodents, termites and insects from their home, but it is best to leave it in the hands of a professional.
Contact the experts at Swat Pest Management, Inc. for a complete evaluation, where they can select the best approach to rid your home from further infestation. They offer free estimates for pest control in Evansville
and all surrounding areas.