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The Truth About Termite Destruction and Extermination

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Of all the pests that can get into your home, one of the worst ones are termites. They destroy essential parts of your home that are made from wood and are difficult to exterminate by yourself. Here is what you need to know about the destruction that termites can cause and how you can get rid of them.

Termite Destruction

The reason that termites are so destructive compared to other pests is because they consume wood at a rapid pace. While a single termite cannot cause much damage, they tend to live in large colonies that can be counted in the thousands or millions. When they work together, they can cause destruction quite quickly that will be difficult to repair.

In addition to foundation damage, termites will go after your hardwood floors. If you exterminate the termites early enough, the damage will be limited to surface level scratches that can be removed by refinishing the floor. If ignored, termites can cause lasting damage that sanding and staining won't be able to fix.

Any furniture in your home that is made of wood can also be a target for termite damage. You could end up needing to replace furniture pieces if the damage is beyond repair.

Termite Extermination

Contact a professional exterminator for help removing termites from your property. They'll need to work outside your home to prevent them from getting inside. This is done by chemically treating the area, drilling holes in several places in the ground to place a poison that will kill the termites.

For termites inside your home, fumigation is a common method that kills all the termites for good. A gas is used to reach the termites, no matter where they are, even if they are hidden in hard to reach spaces. You will have to leave your home for the gas to do its job, but it is incredibly effective. There are alternative methods to deal with small areas of termite infestation. This includes a microwave treatment to target areas that are known places where termites live.

Expect to pay as little as $1,350 for a 1,250 sq. ft. home to be treated with chemicals. Fumigation starts around $1,200 for a similar sized home.

For more information on professional methods that can get rid of termites for good, get in touch with a local pest extermination company. They can also help you find ways to prevent the termites from coming back.