The University of Kentucky has released an informative FAQ article of homeowners on termites. Here is a low-down on the experts' answers to homeowners' most common questions, and we have rounded up three of the most important:
Why worry about termites?
Termites are reported to cause billions of dollars in damages every year. The list of things they can damage are not limited to wood. Aside from posing a serious threat to your home's structural foundations, termites can also damage books, insulation, papers, important documents, memorabilia, and even pool liners and filtration systems.
How will you know if your home is infested?
When you see mud tubes about the width of a pencil and sometimes wider, extending from your foundations or in other crevices and surfaces of your home, it is most certainly a termite infestation. Termites build these mud tubes for traveling between their underground homes and to new territory. Hollowed-out wood with bits of dried mud or soil lining its galleries is also a sure sign of a termite infestation. Rippled or sunken traces behind wall coverings can also be signs that termites have been tunneling underneath it. One thing you also have to brush up on is identifying termites from flying ants.
Can I treat a termite infestation myself?
If a termite infestation happens to a small, uncomplicated structure isolated from your house, such as a mailbox, a sandbox, or your dog's kennel, for example, then it is possible a DIY measure can help. But if you're going to be exterminating an infestation that has burrowed deep into your home -- which is a much more complicated structure, then you will certainly need the expertise and on-hand equipment range of pest control professionals. Attempting a DIY termite extermination project can only result in creating even more damage to your home.