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Protecting Your Castle from Attack

If you have had an onslaught of termites, or even the more harmless ants, you know what it means to protect your castle from attack. It is so destructive to have pests eat away at the timbers of your home or to feast on window sills and trim. It can be prohibitive to replace all existing wood if the process has gone too far. Hence, the real estate laws that protect would-be buyers by requiring pre-deal inspections to ensure there are no lurkers about.

If they are, buyer beware; and seller, you can cringe. It has to be taken care of. It doesn’t matter if you tent the entire premises or treat it more gently with environmentally-friendly orange oil. It has to pass muster with the powers that be. Pests are thus not only disreputable and disgusting, but they can raid your pocketbook as well.

The rest of the homeowners in the world that have long ago made their purchase are responsible for any treatment they discover is required. Your monthly serviceman may notice droppings, or you may see the telltale signs on your own. There can be dead insects with the customary winged appearance, or you can see wood shavings at times. If a bit of panic besets you, it is because you know the cost of eradication. Thousands of dollars can take its toll on the household budget. Plus there is the embarrassment that a giant ugly tent brings in one’s neighborhood!

Imagine a scenario like this. A realtor is showing a lovely home with a garden. Everything looks so Edenic and pristine. It just feels clean inside and out. The owner has gone to great lengths to fix leaky faucets, exposed wires, and any fire hazards perceived. The furniture has been carefully staged, or arranged in an attractive and comfortable manner. All seems well. Until the prospective clients spies a bit of termite dust. All hell can break loose as a result. Even if the seller agrees to treatment, the place now seems unclean. Buyers fear a chemical residue that they and their pets might have to breather in.

The house can be a new one on the market with remodeling done only a few years ago. It will now have a tarnished reputation! Older buildings are usually the victims, making contractors and builders less savvy about the pests. It depends on where you live and the climate of course. They know little about subterranean or dry wood control.

But any homeowner should. Imagine your chagrin when you have friends visit and they are seated down for a nice meal at the dining table. Imagine further some ants crawling all over the table, coming up the leg of your dining room table and streaming into a hole in the corner of the room. Or worse, the unpleasantness of your guests discovering a cockroach running across the floor. It is not a pretty picture, my friend – after all, it reflects poorly on you as a host and home owner.

So when you see them, immediately send them packing. Hire a reputable service and hear what they have to say. There are many ways to skin a cat, as they say in the woods. You want a healthy and safe environment after treatment, and certainly because of it.

The word fumigation used to cross all lips the moment the dreaded termites were first mentioned. It is a scary word denoting heavy toxic chemicals that invade every nook and cranny of your home, resting there and potentially wreaking havoc on health. Those days are long gone and modernization has reached pest control. It is coordinated to the type of termite found. The subterranean are said to be the most destructive. They can collapse a building if they feel like it. You don’t want them around. They are attracted to moisture and like to congregate around plumbing leaks. They live in huge colonies making treatment a pretty extensive job.

On the other hand, dry termites love firewood and they are wont to dwell happily within. You will see a kind of swarm of black bugs. As a result, scrap wood should be stored well away from a home. They are resilient and can jump easily from one place to another.

There are dampwood termites, too, that are not as hard to eradicate if you clean up moisture. But the Formosan variety are killers, lurking in wet places, concrete slabs and walls. You are going to have a major job on your hands, so start saving now.

It is clear that pest control is part of building ownership and it can happen to the best of us. You can take some precautions in regard to moisture, but it is most often a case of treatment after the fact.