How Can I Deal With Termite or Pest Infestations in My Garage?
For many homeowners, few things are more worrisome than an infestation of termites, carpenter ants, or other pests. These insects can cause considerable damage to the structure of a home and garage, as well as items inside a home, such as furniture, cabinets, or shelves. Homeowners will want to be aware of signs that pests are present in their home, and by repairing any damage caused by these pests, they can ensure that their home will not lose any value.
Recognizing the Signs of a Pest Infestation
Subterranean termites live underground, and they may eat the wood within a home’s structure. Drywood termites may build colonies within the wooden parts of a home or inside other wood objects such as furniture. Carpenter ants may also build nests within wood, digging out tunnels that weaken a home’s structure.
There are several different types of signs that pests have infested a home. Subterranean termites will often create tunnels made of mud that connect their underground colonies with sources of food, and these tunnels may be found on the outside of a home or inside a home or garage near the foundation. Damage to wood may also be noticeable, particularly in mazelike patterns carved by insects, and termites and carpenter ants may leave wood chips and droppings (known as “frass”) in areas where they have burrowed into wood. Termite damage may also include buckling or swollen floors or ceilings, similar in appearance to water damage.
Repairing Termite and Pest Damage
Homeowners who discover termites or other pests in their home will want to work with a pest control specialist to eliminate the infestation and ensure that proper measures are in place to prevent infestations in the future. Once a home is free of pests, a homeowner can determine how to repair the damage that was done.
Because termites and carpenter ants can weaken the wooden structure of a home, damaged wood may need to be replaced. These types of extensive repairs can be costly, so in some cases, homeowners may be able to install supports to strengthen the home’s structure rather than completely replacing parts of their home.
Contact a Downers Grove Garage Repair Professional
If you have discovered termites or other pests in your garage, Blue Sky Builders can help you determine the best ways to repair the damage that was caused. If necessary, we can connect you with pest control experts who can provide treatments to remove termites or carpenter ants. We will then help you understand your options for replacing damaged wood or installing supports to protect the structure of your garage. If the damage is extensive, we can provide you with cost-effective options for rebuilding your garage while offering solutions that will allow you to make the best use of your space. Contact our Chicago area custom garage specialists today by calling 630-852-8485 to schedule a free estimate.