How To Protect Your Home From Termites

Termites in water damaged wood.

A quick internet search or social media query will provide you with dozens of ways you can get rid of termites. Searching for DIY solutions for termites will bring up many unreliable tricks. Suggestions for using essential oils and small traps abound. Unfortunately, most DIY termite solutions will fail. It’s time to get serious about termite problems before your house, and its value, crumble.

Common Types of Termites in Illinois and Iowa

The most common termites in the US are:

  • Conehead termite

  • Desert termite

  • Dampwood termite

  • Drywood termite

  • Formosan termite

  • Subterranean termite

Destruction Caused by Termites

Termites may be destroying your home right under your nose. Actually, they are under your feet, in your walls, and above your head. Termites can thrive for years in walls or in your yard while you are none the wiser to their presence. Termites eat cellulose-based materials in their diet. Guess what your home is rich in? Yes, cellulose-based materials. Termites feed on plants and trees to get this diet.

Whatever construction your home has, it can be a source - and a target for termites. Termites will also eat paper, drywall, and even plastic. Termites will feed on the frame, the furniture, the beams, and other wood furnishings.

Ways to spot termite damage include:

  • Looking for bubbles in paint on the walls or ceiling.

  • Listening for hollow-sounding wood when you knock on it.

  • Spotting discarded wings.

Unfortunately, the list for spotting termites isn’t very promising. It is because they usually remain unseen. A thorough inspection of your home by a termite control professional will determine if you have a termite problem.

How to Prevent Termites

Prevention methods are easy, but keeping termites out can be difficult. To prevent termites in your home:

  • Do not leave wood and other debris near your foundation.

  • Remove stumps and dead trees from your property.

  • Call the professionals at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators.

Preventing and getting rid of termites is not for the faint of heart. Call the termite control professionals in Central and North Central Illinois to find termites and get rid of them for good.

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