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Throughout the nation every year, termites infest more than 5 million homes and cause nearly 5 billion dollars in damages. It’s no wonder they are the most dreaded pest. Once they’ve infested a home, they work 24 hours a day as they tunnel through wood, drywall, and other cellulose-rich items in your property. The most dangerous thing about termites is the fact that their presence can go unnoticed for so long, which is when their damage is extensive. For this reason alone, it’s crucial to always call a termite exterminator for regular inspections and termite treatments.
Are termites dangerous?
Although termites can cause significant damage to structures, they do not pose a serious direct threat to humans and do not bite. Even if they are seen swarming, termites generally avoid contact with people altogether. Furthermore, they do not carry or transmit viruses as other pests do. However, there have been reports of people suffering from asthma attacks inside infested structures due to the irritating particles and dust created by their wood-boring activities.
How to prevent termites
When you work with Dugas for termite control, our technicians will help you learn how to lessen your risk of getting an infestation. Some of the best practices homeowners can utilize for preventing subterranean termites include:
- Remove dead trees or stumps in the front, back, or side yards
- Stack firewood away from the home
- Make sure the downspouts from the gutters direct all water a good distance away from the foundation
- Pull back any landscaping or mulch that is within 6 inches of the home’s foundation
- Repair all plumbing leaks to avoid excess moisture
- Repair any exterior structural damage
- Avoid any direct ground-to-wood contact, especially around decks and porches
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Professional termite extermination
Termites aren’t just one of the hardest pests to detect—they’re also difficult to control. DIY treatments simply do not cut it when it comes to controlling termites. Professional help from a termite exterminator is absolutely necessary. Regular inspections and preventative treatments from the team at Dugas Pest Control can help save you from the high costs and destruction of an infestation down the road. For more information on how we can keep you termite-free, call us today for an inspection!Back to Termite Exterminator
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