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You Have a Termite Problem: What’s the Next Step?

pest controlDiscovering you have a termite problem is absolutely no fun. But once you’ve discovered the tiny timber eaters, what’s next? Are you aware of what steps need to be taken before pest control or termite control services arrive? If you’re not, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you should do immediately after discovering a termite problem.

Do Not Disturb
The worst possible thing you can do is further disturb a group of termites. It can be extremely tempting to whip out the nearest can of insecticide or cleaning spray you have and attempt to clean up some of the damage, but that might only irritate them and cause more damage to your home. Even worse, it could cause the termites to panic and seal off any tunnels leading back to their nest. Not only does that make the pesky bugs harder to find, it makes treating the root of the issue much more difficult than it needs to be. So above all else, don’t take any harsh action to disturb these little pests!

Who You Gonna Call?
Pest control! As soon as you’ve discovered a termite issue, you need to evaluate your termite control options. That means calling in a professional to assess the severity of the issue, as well as having someone come in to assess the amount of damage your home has sustained. As previously mentioned, it’s a bad idea to DIY this problem. A termite control specialist will be able to come in with specially formulated treatments that knock out the problem at its source.

The Best Defense…
Is a great offense. Take preventative measures! Approximately 20% of all homeowners report that termites are their number one pest concern. What are you doing to ensure that termites never become an issue in the first place? For starters, looking at a new home should entail a thorough inspection. If there has been termite damage in the past, it might not be a great fit for you. In addition, you should have your current home inspected regularly to ensure there aren’t any of these pests on the property.

Whether you’re a new homeowner or a seasoned veteran, take these tips to heart. You never know when pests are going to strike, and termites can be particularly nasty if you’re not careful.

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