A termite is considered a pest because of the extensive damage caused by an infestation. In the U.S., the total value of all destruction is estimated to be around $5 billion dollars annually.
Termites are wood-destroying organisms known as Detritivores. Meaning, they obtain nutrients vital their growth from organic compounds. (An organic compound is any liquid, solid, or gas which contains carbon in its molecular structure.) This insect exploits reduced carbon from compounds as energy sources, like carbohydrates, fats and proteins derived from plants and animals.
Unfortunately, all human structures are built from the components which termites seek as their primary food source. Simply, they eat the very products our homes and buildings are made from. If left untreated, the benefit to the ecosystem will be to reduce your dwelling into a reusable pile of organic dust. Termites live in mostly wooded areas, when development occurs and the land is cleared of all trees and a structure is erected in their place, we are exchanging one termite food source for another. Termites require four things necessary to their survival: food, moisture, shelter, and temperature.
Of the approximate 4,000 species of termites worldwide.
Since termites are a constant threat to your home or building, here are some tips to reduce or prevent the destruction caused by this insect pest.
- Eliminate moisture problems by cleaning gutters and making sure water is properly diverted from your building.
- Remove food sources by keeping firewood away from your home, remove piles of debris, clear all stumps around the foundation.
- Remove excessive plant cover and mulch.
- Do not allow the wood on your home to meet the soil. Preferably, you should have four to six inches of foundation showing.
- Seal all entry points, especially around water, plumbing and utility lines.
When buying a home, termite damage and protection should always be a consideration. If you’re in Melbourne or the surrounding areas, let the termite professionals at Bugs by Brian perform an inspection and issue a report citing potential hazards of current or future infestations and make recommendations to treat or repair existing conditions caused by termite activity.
If any damage or infestation is found, the costs of treatment or repair can be obtained prior to the sale and negotiated between the buyer and seller.
Bugs by Brian® is your full-service termite and pest control company. In most cases, there is no long-term loss of value, however, we stress the need for regular inspections to identify pest problems of any kind and offer a solution as soon as possible
Call St. Louis pest control company Bugs by Brian® today at (636) 394-0101 to exterminate a pest infection in your home or business. Bugs by Brian® proudly serving your pest control needs for over 20 years.