Termites can do a lot of damage to property, and when the damage is to the structure of your home, you will need to deal with the termites and repairs. Termites can feed on any wood materials in your home, which can also include wooden structural components like posts, beams, joists and wall framing. If you believe that you have a termite problem, you will want to deal with the termites and repair the structure.
Here are four areas where you may find problems with termites and how to deal with them:
1. Eating Away At Exterior Structures
If you have exterior structures like wood decks around your home, these can be perfect nesting habitats for termites. You can look at the wood on these structures for any termite damage. If you find any damaged wood, it will need to be replaced.
You can replace the wood with materials that are treated with a termite repellent. You may also want to spray areas that are not effected with a replant, and treat any of the areas where the structures are attached to your home.
2. Rotting Seal Plates And Floor Joists
Termites often get into homes from the seal plates of wall framing. This is the board that is at the bottom of the wall, and termites will find a hole and begin feeding on wood here. The pests will then start feeding on other wood in a structure and continue feeding and moving through your home.
If you find termites on a seal plate, you will want to replace it and look for other damage. To spot other damage, you will want to expose the wood framing in the area where you have found the termites and look for any other structural damage.
3. Damage To Window And Door Openings
Window and door openings are the perfect spot for termites to get inside your home. If the windows are not properly sealed on the outside, termites will start to feed on the wood around the opening. If you have wood windows, they can also eat the trim and other wood on the window.
This is an area where you will want to treat for termites if you have found damage in other areas of your home. When you do repairs around openings, you will want to make sure that the opening is sealed to prevent the termites from getting into your home.
4. Structural Damage To Load Bearing Beams And Posts
Load bearing posts and beams are another area that you will want to inspect for termite damage. This can be things like floor joists at the exterior of your home or load bearing posts. It is a good idea to check anywhere that you think may be infested by termites.
A professional pest control service can help you locate the termites, so you will be able to inspect the wood for extensive damage. Any wood that has been partially eaten by the termites will need to be replaced.
These are some of the areas where termites can effect the structure of your home. If you have a problem with termites, contact a professional pest control service to treat for termites before you begin repairs to your home. Need more help? Have other questions? Contact a company like Palm Springs Pest Control Inc. with any concerns you have.