Termites are perhaps the insect which leaves the most destruction in its wake. They can literally eat an entire home and at the very least make it unstable or inhabitable. All termites eat dead plant material which includes wood and their jaws are capable of ripping though wood in order to consume it. They make endless tunnels in the wood of a home until the structure is likely to collapse on itself. The only ways to prevent this catastrophe are by getting a termite inspection every year and at the first sign of an infestation, call an expert who is experienced in Termites Connecticut.
There are two types of termites common in Connecticut; subterranean and drywood. Subterranean termites build their nest underground below a feeding site for easy access to food. Drywood termites actually nest within the structure of the home. When a colony has reach maturity you will notice winged termites which swarm around windows and doors. Some will fly off to another location to breed and start another colony while others rejoin the nest to make the current colony even larger. If you notice winged termites around your property call a pest control company immediately it is an indication that either there is a mature colony already established in your home or they are looking to start one there.
Hiring a Pest Control Company
When looking for a solution to eliminate termites from your home you will need a specialized Termites Connecticut expert to help you. These experts will not only be able to rid your home of termites, but they will also be able to repair the damage done by them. These companies either hire contractors or have technicians which double as contractors in home improvement. All of the affected areas will have to be removed and replaced by healthy wood to endure that the structure of the building is secure. After they have repaired all of the damage they will take precautionary measures to make sure they do not come back. They will have to be called back out at least once a year to inspect the property to make sure termites are not trying to infest and to maintain preventative treatments.
There are a couple of things a homeowner can do to make their home less attractive to termites. If you eliminate moisture and remove food sources, termites are less likely to try to start a colony in your home. To eliminate moisture repair any leaking faucets, ac units and water pipes. You may also want to keep gutters and downspouts clean, divert water from the foundation and seal all entry points around water pipes and utility lines. To remove food sources keep firewood and lumber away from the foundation and crawl spaces, eliminate stumps and debris from around the house and check decks and fences regularly for termites.