As a home owner of an older home, I’ve had to be on guard for all sorts of pest infestations. As a house grows older, especially one this old and made of soft wood, it’s only going to become more problematic. Bugs want in and for the most part there really is no stopping them. As wood grows older it begins to crack and expand, offering up the perfect entry way for any bug or critter hoping to make itself right at home. Termite control in New York City is big business due to the age of so many of the homes in the five burrows. Most of us have at one time or another have been forced to deal with a termite infestation regardless of the steps that we take to prevent them from colonizing the home. That’s exactly what they do; colonization. Once a queen has been established inside the colony it becomes a hunt to destroy her and the nest.
If the infestation is caught early you’ll save yourself thousands of dollars worth of damage. With the soft wood that many of these homes are made up of termites are able to rapidly expand throughout the entire house. I had a neighbor whose infestation was thought to have been under control after first being reported. In two months time nearly the entire first floor had been colonized; everything from the door frame to the beams supporting the floor itself were found to be rife with the termites. It’s an ugly thing to have happen to anyone. They were forced out of their home until the termites were completely wiped out and the support beams replaced. Termites do not mess around; it’s not like finding ants or even cockroaches in your pantry. Termites are some of the most destructive insects to infest our homes.