Everyone knows that pest infestations bring a lot of inconvenience and exasperation for any household. In some severe cases, the hygiene of the house also gets compromised. Additionally, some instances of pest infestation also lead to financial losses for the household.
Yes, you read that right. Financial losses can occur due to a pest infestation. One such pest problem is a termite infestation in which houses can incur substantial monetary losses. As per the statistics, termite infestation affects nearly 600,000 houses annually in the US and the residents have to spend approximately $5 billion dollars per annum to control termite and repair termite damages.
Why is termite damage such a serious issue?
It should be remembered that termites feed on anything made of cellulose. Wood, laminates, hardboard, and sheetrock all have cellulose in abundance. Therefore, household items made of these materials are susceptible to termite damage. Following are some of the reasons due to which we have termed termite infestation an economic nightmare for homeowners.
One aspect why termite infestation is so damaging and destructive is because termites infest your house without getting noticed. Most of the times, it is already too late when one becomes aware of the infestation. Homeowners usually get to know about the infestation when signs of damages become too obvious to ignore. In such cases, homeowner are only left with two things to do:
- Immediately call for professional pest-proof services to treat the infestation
- Make necessary repairs to the damages caused by termites
Early identification of termites can save you from the silent destruction of termites. But it is often difficult and ineffective to do it on your own. Therefore, having regular pest inspections from professionals can aid in identifying termite infestation in its initial phase.
Termite infestation: more worrying than theft?
The above heading is not an overstatement. Unlike losses of robbery and theft, the damages caused by termite infestation are not reimbursed by insurance plans. Insurance companies don’t cover termite damage in their policy because it is completely avoidable.
Two structural damages caused by termites
Let’s look at two of the most common structural damage caused by termite infestation.
Termites can eat away the wooden floor joists resulting in the sagging of floor plane. Laminate floors will start to blister in case of termite infestation because termite eats the support patch of laminate surfaces resulting in blistering and sagging.
Termite infestation can also damage the dry walls of the house. Dry walls are made of paperboard and gypsum plaster. Since termite infests paperboard of the drywall (which is sandwiched between the plaster), therefore the damage remains invisible to naked eye. However, an expert pest-proof company can detect signs of termite infestation before it gets serious, saving you costs, time, and hassle.
As you can see, termite infestation goes beyond the typical insect-annoyance to damage the structure of your house. Therefore, get your house regularly inspected by professionals to curb the termite problem before it can do its thing.