Has Your Home Been Compromised By Termites? Here’s What To Look Out For To Prevent Infestation
Throughout the year, the Philippines has had to brave numerous natural calamities – from typhoons, landslides and floods caused by monsoon rains. And as a tropical country surrounded by water, we’ve come to understand our susceptibility and vulnerability to the elements.
Hence, we can only better prepare and ensure that our homes are strong enough to withstand the storms.
But it’s not enough that we think our houses are sturdy, we must know if the integrity of the home is intact. Thus, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that termites have not compromised the foundations and structures of our homes.
The tricky thing with termites is that once you discover them, it’s usually means that they’ve infiltrated your home and have done extensive damage. And when left untreated, severe termite infestation can make your ceiling collapse and injure people in your home. So it’s important that you ensure that your home’s foundation is intact and can withstand any natural calamity
Here’s how to check if your house is under threat. These are the signs to look out for.
1. Sighting of termite swarmers or discarded wings of alate a winged reproductive termite that can be the next queen or king of their colony.
2. A stuck window may mean that the termites have eaten through and have deformed the frame.
3. Termites consume wood from the inside out, so if there’s a hollow sound when you knock on the walls and ceilings, termites might be the cause.
4. Spongy floors which feel weak under your weight.
5. A cracked ceiling
6. Spongy growth on your walls or ceilings may indicate that a colony may be active. Contact the experts.
Filipino homes are particularly appetizing to termites because of the combination of temperature, moisture and wood. And usually, when an active colony is found, it’s hard to control the damage and the infestation by yourself.
Here are several prevention tips that you can do to make sure that your precious home doesn’t become their daily meal:
1. Remove tree branches, debris, cellulose materials and dead leaves around the property.
2. Repair leaking taps and pipes.
3. Use only termite treated wood in garden beds, retaining walls or fence posts.
4. Don’t allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against the structure.
5. Remove dead trees and stumps.
6. Ensure all scaffolding wood is removed after construction.
However, the best thing to do is to get a professional help, when preventing termites in your premises. Some of the termite treatments that you might want to consider:
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