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Will a Termite Infestation Harm You?

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by Knockout Pest Control

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It’s widely known that termites cause the most damage out of any pest.

These insects will chew through the wood in your home until nothing is left, costing you thousands upon thousands of dollars in damage.

With that being said, can living in a home with termites be hazardous to your health?

Direct Harm

Many people worry about the health effects when they hear that they have a termite infestation in their home. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about becoming ill while these pests make a home for themselves.

There are no known cases of a person becoming allergic, bit, or contracting a disease from a colony of termites. At least you can rest easy knowing that a swarm of termites won’t attack you while you sleep — just try not to let the bed bugs bite!

Indirect Harm

You’re thrilled because you’re not going to be attacked by termites — but don’t start celebrating just yet. Most homes are made out of wood, which is the termites number one source for food.

When a termite infestation exists they can start eating away at the structure of the house. A structure that has been weakened can become unstable and be at risk for collapsing. While this pest may not be biting you directly it can still hurt you by putting you in harm’s way.

An infestation of termites can harm you, but not in the traditional ways like the cockroach or bed bug.

When you notice a termite infestation in your home it’s best to call the pros at Knockout Pest Control before it’s too late. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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