Health Risks Posed by Termites

May 12, 2022

Termites cause billions of dollars of damage each year. They chew through mural wallpaper, floor joists, attic rafters, and furniture. They are equal opportunity destroyers. It’s not their fault. They do precisely what Mother Nature intended. However, because they infiltrate places where humans live, they also pose a health risk to the inhabitants. The best way to prevent these pests from tearing down your home is to invest in regular termite inspections of your Union City home. This will keep your house bug-free longer.

How Termites Pose a Health Risk to You and Your Family

Unlike mosquitoes, termites do not prey on humans, so you do not have to worry about that. There are other ways that these home wreckers do pose a health risk, though:

  1. Allergies: Because termites eat cellulose found in wood, they create dust while doing so. Also, their droppings look like dust as well. For those who have allergies, they can be aggravated by an infestation. Symptoms that creep up include watery eyes and a runny nose, among other things.
  2. Respiratory Problems: Since termites like damp wood, they feed in areas where there is moisture. Often this means there is mold present. Their feeding habits spread the mold-infected wood into more significant areas that can ultimately affect humans. You may breathe in the spores, causing coughing, burning eyes, headaches, fatigue, runny nose, and much more.
  3. Fungal Infections: The dust and frass from an infestation can aggravate fungal infections in open wounds and may cause skin irritation.
  4. Asthma Attacks: Not only will allergies get triggered by dust and frass, but they can cause asthma attacks. Off-the-shelf termiticides used in DIY termite control measures may affect asthma as well. With a well-aerated home and safe termite control practices followed by the professionals at Times Up Termite, you do not have to worry about this issue.

 Destroy Termites Before They Tear Down Your Home and Wreck Your Health

We understand the need of homeowners to eliminate these bugs not only because of the physical damage they do but also because of health concerns. If you suspect you have termites invading your home, seek out the services of a qualified pest control company like Times Up Termite. We have highly-trained technicians ready to inspect your home and offer options to eradicate these pests.

We work toward your family’s safety by offering many options to get rid of these pests. One such option is the eco-friendly, reduced-risk pesticide, Altriset. This choice is particularly good for homes with pregnant moms, children, and pets. When it comes to bait traps, we recommend Trelona by BASF. Both work hard to make your house and property termite-free. Finally, we follow up with scheduled termite inspections of your Union City home to keep tabs on the colony to keep them from returning.

Call 510-568-7200 to speak with our team of experienced, licensed professionals at Times Up Termite, Inc. You can also contact us online to request a free termite inspection in Union City.

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