What Are the Consequences of Not Treating Termites?

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Termites are silent destroyers that can significantly damage any structure. Despite this, some property owners do not consider treating termite infestation as urgent. What will happen if you keep putting off termite control in your home or place of business? Let’s look at the possible outcomes of leaving a termite colony unchecked.

Financial Losses and Insurance Issues

Termite infestations, especially those that have spread widely throughout a structure, are costly to treat. This is due to the need to repair and replace all affected wooden components and other parts.

Additionally, most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage, as it is seen as unavoidable and can be addressed through proper maintenance. This means property owners will pay out-of-pocket for treating termite infestation, especially if it was caused by neglect or poor maintenance.

Decreased Property Value

A property with a termite infestation becomes difficult to sell or negotiate favorable terms for. Potential buyers tend to avoid homes in the market with a termite problem, whether it is an active infestation or a history of termite damage that has already been addressed. This is because termites can be hard to exterminate, and many want to avoid the risk of dealing with reinfestation.

Extensive Property Damage

Termites feed on the cellulose found on wood, paper, plants, and more. This makes properties with wooden structures, foundations, walls, and frames susceptible to infestation and subsequent structural damage. If termite damage is left untreated, these pests can eat the wood from the inside out, weakening the structures, compromising the integrity of the property, and making it inhabitable.

Health Implications

Residing or working in a space infested with termites can indirectly affect one’s health. One such effect is respiratory issues caused by the mold and mildew that thrive in areas damaged by these pests. Termites also release a foul-smelling odor when disturbed or threatened, which can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat or trigger an allergic reaction or asthma attack.

Lastly, occupying a termite-infested environment that is slowly deteriorating can have negative effects on a person’s overall wellness. This can lead to stress and anxiety.

Treat Early Signs of Termite Damage

If you suspect there might be termites in your home or workplace, or if there are early signs of infestation, reach out to Arrow Services, Inc. We are pest control specialists proudly serving the areas of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Consult our team today.

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