A termite infestation is one of the worst things your roofing system can face. If you aren’t on top of your roof maintenance, your termite problem may reach a critical point and can cost you a significant amount to rectify. Thankfully, with a few inspections here and there, it is possible to deal with your roof’s termite infestation in a swift manner.
To confirm if your roof is facing a termite infestation problem, you’ll first have to get it inspected by a professional. The method to deal with them depends on the extent of the damage. One of these methods is termite tenting and is usually done only when the infestation is extensive and located in difficult to access or replace areas. You’ll have to leave your home for a few days so the exterminators can cover your entire home in heavy gas-proof sheeting and then fill it with insecticidal gas. That way, the gas can penetrate every nook and cranny, and kill every last termite in your home.
On the other hand, if the termite infestation on your roofing system isn’t that bad, simple treatments should suffice in getting rid of them. If the infestation is limited, you can spot-treat the affected areas with chemical or non-chemical treatments like insecticide sprays, silica or borate dust. Alternatively, the professionals can also remove the ruined wood and replace it with pressure-treated lumber.
There are numerous ways to preventing a termite infestation. The first is the aforementioned pressure-treated lumber replacements. This is because pressure-treated lumber is laced with insect repellents that can prevent future infestations from occurring. Another method is painting the wood of your roof as termites won’t be able to penetrate painted wood. Removing lumber, firewood, or dead trees from your home’s vicinity is another way of preventing a termite infestation on your roof.
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