Termites! The Biggest Homeowner Nuisance
There’s nothing much worse for a homeowner than to hear the phrase, “You have termites.” It’s just about the worst news one can hear, mainly because it can mean just about anything. There are so many unknown elements with termites because they could simply have affected a single exposed ceiling beam, but they could also have infected entire areas of framing, walls, and foundation and flooring. Though there are many unknowns when it comes to terminates, many homeowners feel more comfortable knowing exactly what processes are involved in getting rid of termites, and here are those steps.
Step One: Inspection
The first step in getting rid of termites is to schedule an inspection with a trusted exterminator. It’s important to not just call any old exterminator, but one that comes highly recommended through family or friends, or even a review website like Yelp. When you’re trusting someone with something as daunting as termites, you want to known they’re experienced and professional, and hearing other peoples’ experiences can be a big help in finding the right company. Once you’ve scheduled an appointment, an exterminator can come to your home and can gauge the issue somewhat thoroughly before designing a plan of attack catered to your specific needs and concerns.
Step Two: Treatment
The next step in getting rid of termites is the actual treatment. This can involve a series of highly invasive treatments to your home anywhere termites have appeared. In the best case scenario, this simply involves treating an isolated area and some minor home repairs, but in worst case scenarios entire portions of the home may need to be treated, which can sometimes involve breaking down walls to reach certain areas.
Step Three: Repairs
In worst cases, the final step to getting rid of termites is to repair damages they’ve caused. Fortunately, not all termite infestations get to this stage, and killing them is enough because they haven’t caused any substantial damages to the home. However, termites can sometimes damage foundations, floor systems, and framing and much of this must be replaced. A great exterminator will know which contractor to call an can handle all scheduling and repairs for you.
The unknown is the scariest thing, and knowing what you’re in for can make taking the first step that much easier. But know this: if you suspect termite damage, you must call an exterminator immediately. The longer you wait the more costly repairs will be. In fact, exterminators can prevent termites in the first place through annual treatments, and this can save much headache and money in the long run.