Termites – A Threat to More Than Just Your Home

January 29, 2018By

What comes to mind when you hear the word “termites”?

If you’re like most Louisiana residents, it’s the horrible thought of damage to your home. You likely imagine hordes of the little insects quietly chewing away at the supports inside your walls and under your floors.

You’re also thinking about the cost involved – the potentially astronomical expense of replacing termite-damaged parts of your home.

All of that is natural. Termites do threaten your home. However, they’re also a threat to far more than that. Here’s what you should know.

Termite infestation

Trees

Termites evolved not to feast on houses and human construction, but on trees. They’re part of Mother Nature’s recycling factory. And, while they are one of the most destructive natural forces in the US when it comes to human housing and habitats, they’re still at work in the natural world.

Their primary habitat is not the walls of your home, but trees. As such, it means they threaten trees around your home (and elsewhere, of course).

Trees damaged and weakened by termites can fall, toppling onto your home, garage or outbuildings.

There’s also the fact that termites infesting trees on your property have the potential to swarm and find your home, starting a new infestation, and one that will cost a lot more to handle.

Decking

Most homeowners are proud of their decks. These structures allow you to do more with your outside space, expanding your living areas to the outdoors. Whether you use your deck for gatherings, for gardening, for grilling out, or for some other reason, there’s no denying the value and joy you take from those spaces.

Termites pose a serious threat to your deck, your stairs and other similar areas. And, because the wood is exposed and not hidden behind a façade of brick or vinyl siding, it’s often the first area an expanding termite colony will discover.

If you are not covering your bases with regular inspections and treatment for termites, your decks could already be infested by termites, which will damage them, and then move on to the structure of your home.

Fences

Fences provide important benefits. They offer privacy while you spend time in the back yard. They ensure that there’s a clear line between your property and your neighbor’s. They help keep dogs on the right side of the property line, and even play an important role in handling other animals, including horses.

While fences can and often are made from metal, wood is more popular thanks to its affordability and beauty.

Of course, humans aren’t the only ones who appreciate wood – termites love wood fencing, too. Because fencing is often located a distance from your home, it can be easy to miss telltale signs of infestation. In very little time, those initial incursions become costly damage, and can also eventually put other structures and even your home in danger.

Storage Buildings

Many of us have storage buildings and sheds around our home. They hold items that we don’t need to use on a regular basis, serve as home base for hobbies, and often act as homes for our lawn equipment and other tools.

Because we don’t spend a great deal of time in our sheds and storage buildings, it can be easy to overlook the signs of termite infestation. As with other wooden structures attached to and around your home, it takes little time for termites to set up shop, and then wreak havoc here.

As you can see, there are plenty of areas around the home that are threatened by termites – it’s not just the house itself. The good news is that regular termite inspections and preventative treatment can help safeguard these areas as well as your home.

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