Termites are one of the worst enemies of your roofing system. This is because these pests feed on cellulose, which can be found on the wood that helps the structure of your roof remain stable. Drywood termites are the kinds of termites that you have to look out for as they live deep in the wood they eat and tunnel through the other parts of the roof. With that in mind, it benefits you to know what to do if you have a termite infestation.
In this post, Coleman Roofing discusses how you can deal with your roofing system’s termite problem.
To determine if you’re facing a termite infestation, call a professional to inspect the roof. If they say that the termite infestation is limited, then it’s possible to spot-treat the affected areas with chemical or non-chemical treatments, like insecticide, silica, liquid nitrogen or borate dust. While it’s possible for you to conduct the treatment on your own, this is a task that’s always best left to a professional exterminator.
If the issue is severe yet contained, on the other hand, you can always have your roofer remove the ruined wood and replace it with pressure-treated lumber, which is equipped with insect repellents that can prevent future infestations.
If the infestation is extensive and in places that are difficult to access or replace, meanwhile, fumigation is the best way to get rid of them. Your entire home will have to be tented and then filled with insecticidal gas to penetrate every nook and cranny of your home. While it’s a costly alternative, it’s an effective one and can prevent the issue from becoming irreversible.
There are many ways to prevent termite infestation. The first is to paint the wood in your roof since termites do not penetrate painted wood. Removing anything that can lure drywood termites to your home’s vicinity is another effective way of preventing them from invading your roof. Unfortunately, there isn’t a foolproof way to completely prevent termite infestation so you’ll merely have to stay alert and on top of these preventive measures.
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