Termites make a formidable opponent to your home’s foundation, but are termites actually dangerous to human health? Although termites aren’t known to transmit harmful diseases or to possess toxic bites, termites can exacerbate allergies among some Puerto Ricans battling a termite infestation.

Termite Infestations and Your Family’s Health

Termite nests can leave behind dusts and shed wings that, if left untreated by a pest control specialist, can infiltrate your home’s or business’s heating system, ventilation, and duct work. This dust can cause breathing issues and allergy flare-ups for some. There are reports that termites can cause sneezing, itching, and watery eyes through exposure to their droppings.

The weird thing about termites is that they’re actually beneficial to ecosystems yet harmful to humans and potentially dangerous for your entire family. Termites in nature break down waste and leave more nutrients in the soil out in nature. Since drywood termites love nothing more than chomping on your home’s wood, termite control is definitely something to consider if you suspect you’re dealing with a termite infestation.

Structural Property Damage and Things to Look For

The unfortunate thing about a termite infestation is that you might not immediately find any clues to tell you that one is underway. Clues may come later when you’ve suffered severe damage. Structural property damage as well as subterranean (“below the surface”) damage are the two most common kinds of ways that termites can wreak havoc on homes and businesses throughout Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Structural Property Damage

Plenty of Puerto Rico homeowners assume that if their home’s not made primarily out of wood then they’re completely in the clear when it comes to a termite infestation. Think again—termites can damage your window’s plaster and home siding even if it’s made out of metal. Termites also love munching on cabinets and wooden furniture like dressers, tables, closets, and chairs. Wooden floors, walls, and ceilings might also be fair game.

The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites create more than $5 billion worth of structural property damage every year. Termites are as small or sometimes smaller than ants and can do the bulk of their damage behind furniture, on the side of your home, or underneath your home undetected. If a termite starts chowing down on your home’s or business location’s support beams and ceiling joists that keep your home literally held up, then you could be talking about a major issue.

A termite control specialist from Oliver Exterminating Services Corporation can come to your home or place of business and check for termites in the most likely locations. In addition to support beams and joists, other popular spots are around your home’s exterior and in between wall studs. If termites are in your walls, then you might have to check the insulation too since termites can eat that in addition to plaster and siding.

Things to Look For

Buckled wood and the appearance of slight water damage are signs that termites may have done significant damage to your home’s floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, or cabinets already. You’re not actually seeing water damage—you’re seeing the aftermath of termites chewing on that part of the wood in your home and causing it to look wavy.

The appearance of water damage to wood in your home, holes in logs lying around outside your home, or a smell like mildew that infestations can give off are fairly good signs your home is in danger. Fortunately, Oliver Exterminating continues to be the largest, most experienced tent fumigating pest and termite control company throughout Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Find out how we can use termite control to inspect or treat your home or business for termites.

Dangers of Termites and Why You Shouldn’t Delay Their Termination in Puerto Rico

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