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What to do in a termite infestation?

by Devon Perez

Termites are one of the most common pests to invade homes. A termite infestation can cause severe damage to a building's wooden structure, resulting in huge repair costs. This not only damages the property but also causes the property value to decrease making it difficult to sell. When a termite infestation is detected in its early stages and treated, damage can be prevented. Termite infestations must be dealt with by trained professionals who are qualified in this field and know which action is best to take.

How to tell if your property has a termite infestation?

This can be difficult, as not all signs can be identified by an unqualified individual—the keen eye and expertise of a pest control operator are essential. However, here are some obvious indicators of termite infestations you should look out for:

Mud-like substance lining corners of your building and around wooden structures. This substance is uneven in appearance and is actually the substance used by termites to cover up the area they have consumed. This mud-like material is a combination of termite faeces, saliva and soil and if you spot this than you need to call pest control straight away.

You may also spot a small number of termites in your home. In this case, you can use a normal household vacuum cleaner for immediate cleanup; however, you should contact pest control for proper treatment. You must remember that just because you have spotted termites does not mean that the infestation has gotten out of control. Termites take some time to cause severe damage to property. This can continue for quite some time before the infestation is discovered. This is why it's a good idea to get your property checked for termites at least once a year to ensure there isn't any infestation.

What kind of treatment is used?

Experienced termite exterminator will first assess the extent of the infestation and then decide what action to take. If the infestation is in its initial stages, then a prevention strategy may be employed. Appropriate prevention mechanisms will be put in place then monitored. 

If the infestation needs to be controlled immediately, then a termite baiting system may be used. This is where bait boxes are placed around the structure of the property. The bait is consumed by the termites then taken back to their colony to poison other termites.

It is important to work with a professional who specialises in termite infestations to get the best results. Contact a company like Stewarts Pest Control today to learn more. 


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Get out of my house!

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.