Throughout the area, termites are an ongoing problem. There are many termite colonies in the area, and those colonies can spread fast! Before you know it, you may find yourself battling significant problems in your home. Have you handled your termite control, or are you waiting until problems have already hit your home? Do you understand the real dangers of termites?

The Dangers of Termites

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Termites: for many homeowners, even the word sends a cold chill running down your spine. Termites are known for their ability to chew through flooring and walls in a home, leaving the homeowner with costly repairs--but what are the real dangers of termites?

They're often invisible. Termite damage is difficult to spot, especially if you don't know what you're looking for or you don't check on your home on a regular basis. Unfortunately, that means that termites can cause significant damage before you even realize that they're there. Termites often stay within the wood of your home. They may stick to the foundations or remain in the walls, where you'll see little evidence of their passing until they have already damaged your home. 

Termites can cause damage to your home's foundation. Depending on what your foundation is made of, termites can cause substantial damage to the wooden structures of your home. Repairing your foundation isn't just costly, it can be dangerous to continue living in your home until those repairs are made. 

Over the course of a year, a colony of termites can consume several pounds of wood. They can eradicate wood panels, destroy your flooring, and eat the joists and frame of your home. The damage is often more than cosmetic! Unsightly termite trails in your walls can make you a little squirmy, but the damage left behind them can be catastrophic. 

Termites eat more than just wood. Some people assume that if they live in a house that is framed by concrete or other materials, they will be safe from termites. Some myths even claim that termites simply won't eat some types of wood, or that they will avoid certain substances. The truth, however, is that termites will eat more than just wood. They may eat many different materials--and no part of your home is safe from their destructive chewing. 

Termites may damage the floors and ceilings of your home. Sagging floors and ceilings offer significant danger that needs to be repaired quickly--and those repairs can be very expensive. The sooner you deal with termite treatment, the sooner you can cast them out and the less damage they'll do. 

Termites love moisture. It is important to maintain a dry home at all times to eliminate all conducive conditions above ground such as: leaky roofs, rotted eves, poorly sealed flashing around fireplaces and roof lines, etc. These conditions will increase the chances of acquiring an areal infestation of formosan termites wether or not your home is under a ground protection contract. For areal infestation(s) you should contact your pest management company for further recommendations.

Termites don't just go after the house. Do you have wood furniture in your home? From your bookcases to your tables and chairs, termites are indiscriminate about the type of wood they'll eat. It's not just your walls and floors that are in danger. Termites will go after anything in the house, destroying your furniture and leaving you struggling to replace it. If you have antiques throughout your home, the destruction can be even more devastating. 

Termites won't stop on their own. If you have termites in your home, there is nothing you can do to stop them from eating everything around them. They won't stop on their own, and many of the methods sold as home termite control options will stop the visible evidence of termite infestation while the damage continues throughout your home. Professional pest control is the only effective method for destroying termites and protecting your home and family from the damage they can cause. 

The Benefits of Termite Control

Fortunately, when it comes to termites, you aren't stuck waiting for damage to occur. Termite control methods can help barricade your home against these tiny intruders and prevent them from causing damage. At Cal-Cam Termite and Pest Control, we use a liquid barrier method that protects your home. Unlike in-home measures like bait stations, this liquid barrier actually prevents termites from getting into your home. Unfortunately, termites tend to forage at random, which means termites can bypass bait stations and enter the structure because there is no product on the foundation itself. Liquid barriers have a number of key advantages when it comes to termite control. 

You lock termites out once and for all. With liquid barriers, you don't just kill existing termites. You also prevent them from making it into your home in the first place, which means that your home is safe from future infestations.

You can be proactive. When you opt for termite control methods, you don't have to wait for the damage to strike, leaving you with repairs that are hard on your wallet and hard on the serenity of your home as contractors rush in and out. Instead, you can perform a simple treatment that will lock out termites for the duration of the season. 

It's less costly to deal with it up front. The cost of a liquid barrier treatment is much lower if you can treat your home before the termites arrive, rather than trying to eradicate them once they already have their teeth in the wood of your home. You'll save a significant amount of money in the long run by providing that key protection for your home before damage occurs. 

You'll keep your home safer. Termite damage can cause hidden hazards throughout your home, especially if you don't have a certified contractor check out your home after termites are discovered. When you take care of termite control proactively, however, you'll make your home a safer place for your loved ones--and that will give you peace of mind that makes it easier to sleep at night. 

Are you ready to handle termite control for your home? Are you looking for a reputable pest control company that will help you chase out termites and protect your home from the annoyance of other bugs and pests? At Cal-Cam Termite and Pest Control, we are dedicated to helping our clients push bugs out of their homes. Contact us today to learn more about our services and start protecting your home from the ravages of termites and other insects. 

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