Termites are socially complex insects that are thought to be the one of the most destructive and costly of all household pests. They are able to digest cellulose, and are therefore able to feed on wood, which makes them especially destructive pests for any building that contains timber. They can therefore infest any roofing, wall or flooring that is constructed from wood and can often be difficult to detect. Serious and prolonged termite activity will often necessitate extensive maintenance and in some cases rebuilding. Because they can cause serious structural damage, a termite inspection is often part of any pre-purchase inspection of a home.
Pest control consultants are best placed to identify, contain and remove termites from your property or home. The most obvious indicators of termite activity are mud tunnels or warping of timber surfaces. A termicide is typically applied to the perimeter of your home or to the site of the nest, which either repels or eliminates the termites.
Prevention is better than cure is especially true for termites, due to their invasive and destructive feeding habits. Follow these simple tips to reduce the likelihood of termites taking up residence on your property:
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