Dehumidification and Termites

800px Termite damage 300x225 Dehumidification and TermitesTermites live in large colonies with several statuses or castes. There are king and queen, soldier, and worker termites. At a size of about ¼ inch, all termites are small except for the royalty which are several times as large as the workers and soldiers and easily distinguished.

They like dead plant material to eat and are attracted to damp areas with decaying material. These horribly destructive little bugs live in nests built into dead wood or tunnel into the ground and live in colonies which are similar to ant hills. Any news of termites in the vicinity is bad news, unless precautions have been taken to protect structures from this harmful pest.

No structure with wood or any cellulose debris such as fiber backing on carpet, cardboard or the paper covering on sheet-rock is safe from termites. Subterranean termites, the ones that are good at making tunnels and tubes are famous for building their tubes made of their excrement mud over structures they don’t like to eat such as a masonry walls in order to get to the good stuff like roof trusses.

Damage estimates from termites are as high as 5 billion dollars per year in the US. Termite damage is suffered in every state except Alaska. Even the White House and the Statue of Liberty have been victimized by termites.

In states like North Carolina that experience large amounts of moisture and humidity, subterranean termites are the most common. The damp crawl spaces under homes and in basement areas are the most widespread trouble spots. To prevent infestation, action must be taken to keep a home from becoming a termite magnet.

Pest control professionals recommend dehumidification of moist areas which involve vapor barriers and dehumidifiers that are designed for this type of task. The vapor barriers prevent moisture from rising from the earth under the house and causing dampness to the structure. Dehumidifiers are machines designed to remove moisture from the air. The powerful dehumidifier machines used by professionals remove moisture from the air quickly, allowing damp areas to dry before decay sets in.

Any home that is without effective vapor barriers could easily be infested by termites. For complete termite protection, regularly scheduled inspections performed by pest control experts are the best way to prevent termite damage.

In addition to controlling any moisture related issues, you also need to have a liquid or bait termite prevention service performed at your home that must be inspected and maintained on a scheduled basis.

For termite treatment and eradication, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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