Selling a home has a lot more to do with strategizing than with luck and there are several steps any would-be seller can take, in order to make sure their property stands the best odds at a successful transaction. That being said, pest infestations are among the top reasons that drive the value of a property downward, as they are associated with insalubrity, negligence, and all around risk (for disease and structural damage, for instance). Termite infestations in particular should not be ignored – eventhough that might be easier said than done, since they often become noticeable only when the situation has almost gotten out of hand. However, there are a few things you can do, if you suspect your home has fallen under the threat of termites.

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–     Termites are shy creatures, which would rather stay concealed, inside their colonies or mud tunnels. If they amble the house in plain sight, that means the infestation has truly gotten out of hand and they are in the process of setting up another colony. It is usually difficult to detect termite colonies and, implicitly, to make sure they have all been efficiently disposed of.

–     Termites will make their way from the colony (usually a mound-shaped structure in the basement of a home) to wherever they find wood, i.e. sources of nourishment. They make their way through dirt tunnels, which can be spotted on walls, on ceilings and around room corners. Spotting two such tunnels, going in parallel lines, means the termites’ movement is massive and occurs in both directions throughout the day.

–     Termites eat wood, which, in turn, creates small piles of sawdust around the furniture or wooden elements they feed on. If you spot sawdust gathered around hardwood elements in your home that is another clear indicator that the problem has gotten out of hand and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Check out our checklist below on how to tell if you’re dealing with termites and what simple steps you can take, in order to stop the situation from getting more serious than it already is.

As always, it’s important to bear in mind that the best way to deal with pest infestation issues is to call on a professional pest control service provider. Some homeowners are reluctant to travel down this route, for various reasons, be it the usage of non-organic substances in the extermination process, the termite treatment cost, or simply the school of thought according to which a problem that cannot be seen simply does not exist. Beyond that last reason, which can be chalked up to procrastination, everyone needs to know that organic pest control has become a widespread reality – and even companies which use non-organic substances would never endanger the health of your family and pets with the substances they employ. And the question of cost for treatment pales in comparison with having to replace most of your furniture – or worse: paying to fix damaged structural elements inside your home.