Termites are notorious for causing major destruction to the wooden structures of a house including ceilings, walls and basements. If left unchecked, a termite infestation can turn a house into a ramshackle and render it unlivable. A common area where termites like to plant their nests and build their mud tubes is in the bathroom. Here are a few tips to bear in mind when you suspect termites in bathroom.
Termites in Bathroom
This article points out the reasons termites like to live in bathrooms, the typical signs of an infestation and how to deal with an infestation.
Why Do Termites Live in Bathrooms?
Termites prefer bathrooms because they’re often prone to moisture problems such as:
- Inadequate ventilation: Bathrooms often have high humidity levels and if a faulty ventilation system fails to take evaporated steam outside, the resulting dampness is ideal for termites.
- Collected water due to leaky pipes: Termites need water to survive and thrive. Water running along leaky pipes and collecting on the floor are perfect water sources for termites.
- Humid showers create a high level of evaporation that allow termites to get enough humidity.
Signs of Bathroom Infestation
Some of the typical signs of a termite infestation in your bathroom include:
- Loose tiles
- Jammed windows or doors
- Wallpaper or drywall with small holes
- Hollow-sounding or damaged walls or baseboards
- Sagging or discolored ceiling
Though there are a few obvious signs of an infestation, detecting infestations behind bathtubs and tile can be particularly difficult. Mud tubes are a real proof of a termite infestation but their absence doesn’t mean your bathroom is free of infestation.
The Type of Damage Termites May Bring to Your Bathroom
Most times, termites will gain access to your bathroom from the soil via pipes. As such, you want to avoid pipe wraps made of cloth or rubber as termites will easily destroy them. Also, termites’ excrement and mud tunnels can lead to rust that will eat away at water pipes.
Termites can also lead to the coming off and breakage of tiles. While they will not damage fiberglass, acrylic or porcelain-coated tubs, they can damage the wooden beams supporting the weight of the sink or tub.
Dealing with a Termite Infestation in Your Bathroom
Dealing with termites in your bathroom involves taking a combined approach. That means you can’t afford to treat only the bathroom and leave the rest of the house. If you have termites in your bathroom, chances are their mud tunnels have stretched to other rooms and house structures with high humidity levels such as other bathrooms, the basement and kitchen. It is important to treat this as soon as possible with home remedies or professional treatment as termites do tend to eat wood fairly quickly, which can damage the foundation of your home. It is equally as important to make sure that you remove termites from furniture as they can be found in these places as well.
Termite Control Measures
Once you’ve detected termites in your bathroom, your best bet is to seek professional help. Alternatively, you can do it on your own by combining tent fumigation and treatment drilling with liquid termiticides. Fumigation helps to deal with flying termites while the liquid termiticides will slowly kill the worker termites, eventually leading to the death of the queen.
Once you’ve treated the bathroom, it’s important to carry out periodic inspections of areas likely to be infested by termites. Knock tiles for hollow-like sounds, and precisely look at pipes and inside the drains and taps to look for signs. With these few tips, you should be able to deal with termites in bathroom.