How Threatening Is a Termite Infestation in Your Home?

Termite infestation: Wooden panel eaten up by termites. Termites lying dead on the floor.If you have noticed termite damage around your house lately, you might be wondering just how big of a deal that really is and if it’s absolutely essential that you take action right away. After all, termites are just small insects and so common here in New Jersey, right?


Unfortunately, a termite infestation is a very serious matter and something that really requires prompt attention. Here is an explanation of why an active termite infestation is so problematic and what you can do to resolve the issue.


Home Damage Caused by Termites

Termites are incredibly destructive insects that survive by chewing through the wood of your home. They create significant structural damage by chewing through support beams and ceiling joints. Beyond just wood, termites will also chew through metal siding, insulation, and other materials that keep your house safe and inhabitable. Once the insects get inside your home, they will even chew through furniture that you love and have spent hard-earned money to decorate your home with.


Health Issues Termites Can Cause

Unlike many other pests, such as rodents, termites are not known to carry diseases that can be passed on to humans. However, your health could still be at risk if you have termites on your property.


It is possible to be bitten or stung by a termite, and although these injuries are not toxic, they can be painful and cause irritation for a couple days. Some people have allergies to termite saliva and droppings, and you just don’t know if such allergens affect you until you’re already suffering.


Termites can cause damage to heating and ventilation systems, which contribute to more dust and allergens in the air and trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions as well. Your mental health can also be affected by termites because of how unsettling it feels to have bugs in your home, which might affect how you sleep at night and make you feel insecure about inviting guests over to your home.


The Potential of Termites Spreading and Multiplying

Another big issue with termites is how quickly they can spread within a home and even between homes in the same neighborhood. These are social insects that live in groups and that reproduce at a fast rate.


Female queen termites can lay between six and 12 eggs just a few days after they mate. But over time, females will lay more and more eggs as they mature and as their abdomens enlarge to increase birthing capacity. It is common for termite queens to lay thousands of eggs per year and cause full-blown infestations in no time at all.


We Can Stop Your Termite Infestation

But before you start worrying that your termite infestation is out of control or a lost cause, contact Precise Termite & Pest Control for help. We have been keeping Northern New Jersey termite-free for over three decades and know exactly where to look for these insects, how to exterminate them safely and efficiently, and how to prevent them from coming back to your home.

However, time is of the essence when you notice the first signs of termite damage but the problem won’t fix itself on its own. We need you to let us know about the issue right away so we can take over and prevent property damage, health issues, and termites spreading quickly and in the best ways possible.

Contact us online or at 866-971-2847 to get started with your free termite inspection.