When a wooden structure is in contact with the ground, there’s always a chance for termites to infiltrate. Termites eat wood to derive the cellulose and nutrients they need to live.
Most animals can’t digest the cellulose fibers in wood, but termites have protozoa and bacteria in their digestive system which allows them to break it down and absorb its nutrients and moisture.
It’s ironic that termites are strong enough to eat a house, but their bodies are soft and delicate. They’ve existed for about 50 million years, and there are close to 3,000 termite species, mostly living in areas with moderate temperatures.
What Does A Termite Look Like
Here’s a little info on how to identify a termite:
Termites range from 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in length. The queens and kings are larger, capable of reaching over one inch long. The workers are typically soft-bodied and pale-colored. Flying termites, also called reproductives, have two pairs of prominent wings. Learn more about what a termite looks like.
See more here: Termites: Types, Facts & How to Identify Them
Inspecting Your Own Property
Performing regular inspections of your property will help find problems quickly and limit the damage. You can call a professional to inspect your structure, but it is a task that can be done by the homeowner as well.
There are some key places to examine when checking your property for termites. Basements and crawl spaces are more likely to have problems, so using a sharp object like a screwdriver, probe all wooden construction elements such as support posts, subfloors, and joists.
The following video gives more tips on how to perform your own termite inspection:
If you see window frames that have soft or deteriorating wood, that is a bad sign. Another visual indicator is mud tubes, which is how they travel to find a food source.
A wooden deck can also be a problem area, so check all around it thoroughly as well as anywhere concrete touches wood. Any cracks in brick construction or a cement foundation are an entry point for termites.
Treating a Termite Infestation
Many people call an exterminator to eliminate termites, but there are products that any homeowner can purchase to rid their property of termites.
Barrier termite treatments are designed to prevent termites from entering the structure. These treatments will prevent termites inside the structure from getting to the soil to get the moisture needed to survive.
If you choose a liquid termite method, it will give you faster results, and you can apply the finished solution close to the termite infestation. If you have an existing termite infestation, applying a liquid termiticide may mean that drilling is involved. Drilling through concrete or a slab and pumping the volume of finished solution required to set up a termite barrier may be too difficult for a homeowner.
With “repellant” termiticides, any of the smallest gap in the treated soil can be detected and exploited by the termites to gain entry in the building. They will find ways around it. The use of a repellent termite chemical is a major short-coming in the more traditional chemicals used for termite control.
Originally posted here: Termite Control, Termite Treatment
Keeping an eye on your Denver commercial or residential property is always wise, although termites are not a common occurrence in this area. They thrive in warmer temperatures, so the southern states are much more prone to having termite issues.