3 Ways to Protect Your Home from Termites – wikiHow

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Termites are insects who live below ground in colonies, and like to eat dead plants, trees, and wood. To a homeowner, an infestation of termites could be devastating, causing thousands of dollars in property damage. There are two main types of termite. The subterranean termite usually lives underground in soil, while the drywood termite finds its home in wood and furniture.[1] Both of these termites can destroy your home, but if you take the correct measures you can eradicate the termites you have and prevent them from coming back in the future.

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The building next door to me has been tented and is being treated for termites. Is this safe for me?

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As long as the company is reputable and performs the job well, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. That being said, your neighbor having termites means there are definitely termites in your area, so you should be on the look out for any signs of potential termite damage.

How do I repair a home damaged by termites?

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Replace the wood as you can and add additional wood to areas that need support and can’t be removed. You may need professional help for some of the more severe damage.

How can I remove termites from furniture?

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You can get nematodes, or you can use termiticide around the infested piece of furniture. Another method is to lure out the termites using a bait made of wet cardboard. Once the termites are on the cardboard, burn it.

How long is my house safe after termite treatment?

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It depends on what kind of treatment you are using and what measures or precautions you took after eliminating them. If you hired a professional, having them check every year, or twice a year is smart if you live in a wooded area or an area prone to termite infestations.

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