Are termites harmful to humans? That all depends on your definition of the word harmful. If you consider harmful to mean dangerous to your body, then no, termites are not harmful. But if you’re considering harms to your property and mental wellbeing, then termites are among the most harmful pests on the planet. To help you better understand these invasive and destructive pests, here is everything you need to know.
What Are Termites?
There are a few different species of termites that live here in Greenville, but the three most common are Formosan subterranean termites, Eastern subterranean termites, and dry wood termites. Because dry wood termites are less common and different that subterranean termites, we will be focusing on the latter today.
Subterranean termites, both Eastern and Formosan, are underground pests that live inside large caste-driven colonies. Each colony of termites is comprised of workers, soldiers, and unique, flying swarmers, winged reproductive termites tasked with establishing new nests. Working together, termites find cellulose, the main component found in wood. To make gathering this cellulose easier, termites will look for wood that is softened by water damage, rot, or decay.
Are Termites Dangerous?
Termites are not inherently dangerous. They do not spread any forms of disease, don’t bite or sting humans, and do their best to minimize their contact with any creature bigger than themselves. Dry wood termites, however, can trigger allergies with the sawdust-like fecal matter (frass) they create while tunneling through a home.
Termites are the most dangerous to your wallet and home equity. A mature colony of these destructive little pests can chew through a 2 X 4 worth of wood in just under six months. This doesn’t seem that bad until you realize that most termite infestations are found several years after they begin.
Signs Of Termite Activity
Although termites are difficult pests to spot around homes, they are not invisible. The biggest sign these pests occasionally leave around properties is mud tubes. These pencil-sized tubes are used by termites to stay moist while they climb up the exterior of a home. If termites have direct access to your home’s wood from exterior soil or openings leading up to structural wood from the ground, these mud tubes will not be needed. Beyond this, most other signs of termite infestation come long after the damage has already been done.
Six Prevention Tips For Termites
- Eliminate sources of water buildup around your home.
- Store firewood and untreated lumber at least 30 feet from your home.
- Remove sticks, leaves, cardboard, and wood-based debris from your yard.
- Seal gaps, cracks, and gaps in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Address leaky piping, humidity, and moisture issues inside your home.
- Hire a professional pest control provider.
How A Profession Can Help With Termites
There is no better solution to termite problems than getting a professional involved. At PinPoint Pest Solutions, we offer detailed advanced solutions to dealing with troublesome and dangerous pests like termites. If your home needs proactive and effective pest control, let our team help today.
We will implement long-term solutions designed to protect your equity, preserve your wellbeing, and keep you informed through every step of our process. Give us a call to learn more or schedule your Greenville home for termite treatments. Let us show you why PinPoint is the pinnacle of pest control!