Termites are destructive pests, and if you’ve ever dealt with a termite infestation in your Salem home, you know just how challenging they can be to remove. A termite problem costs homeowners an average of a few thousand dollars in repairs, but this number can be much higher depending on the size and severity of the infestation. So, if you're looking to protect your property from termite damage, this guide is here to help. Find out how you can get effective termite control to keep these destructive pests out of your home year-round.
What Are Termites?
Termites are a type of insect that consumes wood. More specifically, they can digest the cellulose fibers inside of wood. This makes them one of the most destructive pests as most termite species can chew through wooden objects 24/7.
Termites share some similarities to ants in that they have large colonies that contain different kinds of termites. Some of these termites are responsible for reproduction, while others are responsible for foraging and building nests.
The reproductive termites are known as termite swarmers. They have wings and are usually dark brown to black in color. You're also more likely to see these termites as they will sometimes leave the nest to expand to new areas. On the other hand, the worker termites don’t have wings and are a whitish color.
How Quickly Can A Termite Infestation Destroy A Home?
Termites are undoubtedly destructive pests that can cause major structural issues for your home; however, this damage doesn't happen overnight. Often, termite damage won’t even become noticeable until the infestation has been around for a year or more, but there could still be damage behind the scenes that you’re not seeing.
While termites are voracious, they are also relatively small. It does take time for them to consume wooden items and for the infestation to grow. But, if left unchecked, a termite infestation can destroy the structure of a building in less than ten years.
Are Annual Termite Inspections Necessary?
Given that it can take time for termites in Salem to destroy a home, it’s easy to assume that you don't have to worry too much about these pests. But, unfortunately, termites can often be living inside your house for months or years before you realize they are there. At this point, there is probably at least some internal damage to the home that needs repairing.
Luckily, there is one effective way to spot termite activity early on. The experts at Kanga Pest Control provide annual termite inspections to assess your property for termites and termite damage signs. These inspections are the best way to stop an infestation before any damage occurs.
Is Professional Termite Control Worth It?
Some people think they can prevent termites and remove them independently, but there are many downsides to this approach. Because termites live underground and tunnel into wooden objects, you likely won’t ever see them. And, once they do invade, it often takes specialized products to eradicate them.
The most effective and safest way to get rid of termites is through help from Kanga Pest Control. Today, give us a call to learn more about effective pest control in Salem.