Everyone knows fungus is bad. Any discolored substance that magically appears on walls, ceilings, and wood just isn’t normal. Homeowners find fungus in their home immediately try to get rid of it with chemicals. This will may temporarily fix the problem, but there could be a deeper issue than what you see on the surface.
When our team at Clark Exterminating performs an initial termite inspection, we also search for fungus.
From Hot Springs to Jacksonville, we have experience in inspecting homes for unwanted pests that are attracted to fungus problems. Getting a professional to search for fungus and pests in your home means saving yourself a lot of money and trouble. Let’s take a look at the variety of termites that are prone to make their colonies in fungus-infested areas.
Dampwood termites typically are not found in structures; rather, as their name suggests, they reside in “damp” places. These termites build their colony in a place where there is an excess of moisture and are found in logs, dead trees, fence posts, and utility poles. However, if there’s a fungus in your home, these pests see it as a welcome mat to make a home. If they find their way to a fungus-covered structural beam that you cant see, it can cause serious damage to your home. Dampwood Termites in cause about 5 billion dollars in property damage each year.
Formosan termites are aggressive in nature and are known for building rather impressive mud nests. If they find moist wood in your home, they will claim it quickly. In just 25 days, the average Formosan colony can consume one foot of 2×4 wood. These pests don’t stop at just wood, they can eat through flooring and even wallpaper. They can cause severe damage to the structure and aesthetics of your house in as little as six months.
Subterranean termites are attracted to moisture in the foundation of your house. They have scissor-like jaws and eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They’re often found underground in colonies with as many as two million members. They can also be found in moist secluded areas above ground. Subterranean Termites are the most destructive of termite species. Because they work constantly and their jaws work like shears, they can collapse a house entirely, leaving homeowners in financial ruin.
Finding fungus in your home is unsettling. If you allow a fungus problem to spread by settling with quick fixes, you could be opening the door to even bigger problems. We’ll make sure your fungus problem doesn’t escalate any further. You can trust us with any termite issue in Central Arkansas. Give us a call today at (501)-588-2514 to get the inspection started!