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Are Termites In New Castle Harmful To Humans?

January 27, 2021


Are termites here in New Castle harmful to humans? Yes and no. Termites are not physically harmful in that they will not attack you, do not possess venom, and are not known to spread any type of disease directly. What they are known for is severely damaging the structural wood in homes. Trust us when we tell you, finding a termite infestation within your house would be harmful to your mental health. To make sure your New Castle property is termite-free and to help you fight back against these destructive wood destroyers, here are a few things you should know.

Termite Behaviors And Habits

There are many species of termites around the world. Here in New Castle, subterranean termites are by far the most common. These invasive pests build large colonies beneath the ground. Within each colony of termites, there are queens, kings, soldiers, workers, and depending on the season, swarmers. Working together, termites tunnel out from their colonies to gather "harvestable" wood nearby. What type of wood is considered harvestable to subterranean termites? Any wood that has been softened by water damage, rot, or decay.

Once a year, fully mature termite colonies produce what are called termite swarmers. These winged termites have only one job in life, and that is to find a new home. If your house is large enough and has multiple places where the wood is soft, swarmers might settle down on your property, not too far away from their original colony. It is not uncommon for structures infested by termites to have multiple active colonies outside.

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The Only Danger Of Termites

Although termites are not conventionally dangerous pests, they do pose one health risk inside the homes they infest. As hungry termites tunnel through structural wood, they create what is called frass (termite droppings). This sawdust-like material, along with termite saliva, is known to trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions. If you have any respiratory issues, termites are the last pests you want crawling around inside your home.

Signs Of A Termite Infestation

Unless you have x-ray vision and can look inside your home's wood, you will most likely have difficulty spotting termites if they're in your home. The good news is that termites leave behind signs. To identify an infestation inside your home, keep your eye out for these clues:

  • Pencil sized mud tubes running up your home's exterior foundation.

  • Tight-fitting doors and windows.

  • Excessively squeaky floorboards.

  • Drooping drywall.

  • Water-damaged wallpaper or paint.

If you find damage more extensive than this, it means termites have been eating away at your house for a long time. If you see no signs of termites, it does not mean your home doesn't have an infestation. The only way to know for certain is to have a professional pest control technician come out and take a look.

How Moyer Helps People Fight Termites

There is no easy way to fight termites; that's why we cover all of our bases here at Moyer Pest Control. Using only industry-leading pest control products and advanced termite elimination and exclusion techniques, we don't just treat for termites; we make sure to do the job right. If you would like to have your home inspected for a termite infestation, one of our technicians would be happy to come out and take a look for you. For details on our pest control plans or if you have questions about our termite control, reach out to one of our friendly service representatives by phone or through our website.

Whatever pests you and your home are up against, Moyer has your back. All you have to do is call.

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