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How to know if you have a termite problem.

How to know if you have a termite problem.

Here are 5 ways to know if you have termite problem in your house

1.      A reproductive swarm

Experiencing a reproductive swarm inside your house probably mean there are some termites. A reproductive happens when a large number of winged insects emerge from the ground , typically on a warm day in spring or early summer.

2.      Hallowed out wood

Termites eat wood from the inside out, if you are conducting an inspection and come across this, it’s a sign of termites.

3.      Mud tunnels

Termites build tunnels to travel from their nest to the wood, (typically the wood in the house)

4.      Tight fitting doors and windows

The moisture the termites produce when eating and tunneling through the door and windows frames causes wood to warp, making it hard to open doors and windows.

5.      Frass/Termite droppings

Unlike subterranean termites dry wood termites don’t use their feces to build their tunnel, instead they push it out of small holes near the entrances of their nest,

What Causes House Molds

What Causes House Molds

Molds require the following conditions to grow:

1.        Mold spores

2.       A food source

3.       Darkness

4.       Warmth

5.       Oxygen

6.       Moisture ( water, leaks and humid)

Since all of the above are found in most homes it is important to note that the key cause of molds in moisture, moisture plus any of the above causes molds, if there is no moisture then molds will not grow

·         Humid– If the weather has been humid or raining for several days molds will start to grow typically on walls and benches.

·         Leaking pipes– Leaking pipes causes molds to grow, especially the undetected ones, regular inspection of house pipes ensures protection.

·         Leaking Roof– Just like leaking pipes undetected leaking roofs causes molds to grow, frequent checks of roofs avoid this.

·         Poor Ventilation-  If your house is not properly ventilated it causes pockets of stagnated air which molds grow in.