You may really like your neighbors. You may even have them over on occasion, but if your neighbors have some types of pests in their homes, it can be a little scary to think that you have another home so close to your own. Termites are an especially worrisome pest because they are difficult to avoid and can easily ruin the structure of your home.
If you find out that your neighbor has termites, first of all, do not panic. Just because termites have taken up residence nearby, it does not mean that you will also have to deal with an infestation:
Talk Openly with Your Neighbors About the Problem
It has been said that all it takes for harmful things to succeed is for people to sit back and do nothing. This even applies when it comes to pest management.
You should have an open line of communication with your infested neighbor about their termite problem. If they are a good neighbor, they will likely let you know up front what is going on with their home to help prevent you from seeing the same issues. There are a few important pieces of information you should ask about, however:
- How long has your neighbor been battling termites?
- How much damage has been done?
- Do they know what type of termites they have in their house?
Asking these questions will help you get a better idea of the size of the problem. Plus, it will give you good information to pass along to the pest control agent when you call them for advice or treatment.
Immediately Have Your Property Checked by an Exterminator
Even if after you have investigated your home you do not find a single bug, it is best to call in a professional for help. Termites are slick. They hide in some of the most invisible places. This is why so many people do not realize how big a termite problem is until a ton of damage is already done.
By the time visible signs show up, the bugs have multiplied to a huge colony. Talk to the exterminator about what you can do to protect your home from an unwanted invasion and follow advice about keeping the property safe.
Termites are a scary pest for sure - even when they are not in your home, just in the neighborhood. If you are quick acting and follow your exterminator's advice, you can protect your home from termites, no matter if they are across the street or right next door.