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The Hidden Dangers of a Termite Infestation

Category: Blog
February 12, 2020


Termite infestation isn’t something you can take lightly. Neglecting these pests can have severe repercussions on your health as well as your finances. The longer you wait to get rid of termites, the worse the situation gets.

Have you noticed signs of termites in your home? Here’s why you need to act now.

Termites Enable Mold

Termites love humid and damp spaces. They chew through wooden structures, exposing their inner pulp and causing them to decompose allowing mold to grow in those structures. Both termites and mold—a form of fungus—like humidity and moisture and both  thrive in this environment.

Mold spores can create or contribute to a number of health issues. As they collect in the air inside your home, people breath them in causing symptoms like headaches and migraines, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and stinging in your eyes. Mold spores can trigger asthma, causing a condition called bronchopulmonary aspergilloma.

You may also be at risk of developing fungal infections such as histoplasmosis. Exposure to mold can also create neurological complications later in life.

Breathing Difficulties

While mold spores can be an indirect effect of termites, the insects themselves can cause breathing difficulties by releasing airborne contaminants. They increase the amount of dust particles in your home as they chew their way through wooden surfaces. These wooden surfaces are infected with their saliva and feces.

For people with asthma or dust allergies, this is especially dangerous. The indoor air quality is affected by termite contaminants, and inhaling them can weaken your immune system.


Skin Conditions

Your lungs aren’t the only victims of a termite infestation. These pests also affect your skin.

Termites are most commonly recognized by the wood-colored droppings they leave behind called frass which resembles sawdust. If you mistaken termite dropping for sawdust and accidentally touch them, you may have an allergic reaction called Contact dermatitis. This reaction can causes rashes, itchiness, and red bumps on your skin.

Property Damage

Termites also impact your wallet destroying entire wooden structures costing you hundreds if not thousands in repairs. In fact, the longer you wait, the worse the damage can be as termites keep eating until they’re either stopped or there’s nothing left to eat.

Properties that have a history of termite infestation also lose their resale value because of past and potential damages. Think about it, would you want to buy a house where termites have left their mark and are likely to invade again?

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