A homeowner should never overlook the risk of termite infestation in their home; termites can quickly and easily damage a home's wood framework and building materials so that the home actually settles and shifts, leading to cracks along its interior surfaces. In some cases, the damage may be so severe that a home may need to be demolished, or parts of its framework outright replaced. To ensure you're protecting your home from termites and other damaging, dangerous insect infestations, note a few common misconceptions about these pests, and discuss your home's risk factors with an exterminator as needed.
Termites only eat old wood
Don't assume that termites only eat through old, soft or rotted wood; termites are actually attracted to any wood, no matter its age or overall condition. Some newer homes may have less risk of termite infestation because the framework may be coated with termite-resistant sealants, or they may be made to more exacting standards so that there are fewer gaps in the structure that would allow the insects into the home. However, this doesn't mean you should never have the home inspected for termites or that you can overlook precautions in keeping termites away from the home, such as consistently sealing wood window frames and wood doors. Since any home can be infested with termites, be sure to protect your home no matter its age or overall condition.
Sawdust means termites
If you see lines of sawdust around wood features of the home, this doesn't necessarily mean you have termites, as termites ingest wood rather than just boring through it. Your home may instead be infested by wood borers, carpenter ants, certain types of beetles, and other such insects. It's important to know this, as you may try to treat this infestation yourself, but using chemicals and sprays meant for termites alone may not be effective against these other pests.
Some homeowners think that it's actually good to leave wood around the outside of the home as a way to "bait" termites and keep them out of the home itself. This is actually very dangerous, as termites often make their way from one food source to another; if there is wood close to your home, it may actually attract termites to your house, not keep them away from it. Ask an exterminator about termite treatment and the best ways of protecting your home, but avoid keeping exposed firewood near the home or leaving any type of wood out and exposed, thinking you'll "bait" termites and keep them out of the house itself.
Breakfast is the first meal of the day, one that should set you up for several hours of active, busy life. Nothing turns a breakfast bad like picking up your coffee mug, or a plate, and having a critter skitter out from underneath! Ants, cockroaches and more do their best to work their way into our homes, where they aren't welcome and don't belong. Sometimes ant traps and insect bait are enough, but if you ignore the problem it can quickly escalate to where you'll need professional pest control to get rid of your unwanted guests. Professional pest control can provide a wide range of rates and service, and are worth calling.