A gorgeous bowl made from compressed book pages (you can see the words) by artis…

A gorgeous bowl made from compressed book pages (you can see the words) by artis…

A gorgeous bowl made from compressed book pages (you can see the words) by artist Robert F. Lyon, recently exhibited in Vero Beach.

For anyone who is unhappy to experience an invasion of termites, the problem is a huge headache. The threat is real because termites thrive on wood and so the very structure of your house is in danger if you find it under attack from termites.

Rarely is the area under the house, known as shingles, moist and this is a perfect area to stop thriving and developing a nest. Although an invisible problem, termite attacks must be dealt with as soon as possible. Read on to discover ways in which you can fight the problem and save your house from danger.

Apparently, the best way to get rid of termites is to prevent them from causing damage in the first place. If you live in the United States, soil or underground termites are the most common type and these can build "clay pipes" from wood that are in the ground that allow them to reach other sources of wood on the surface. This is where your shingles are directly threatened and this is the area you need to focus on preventing them. Proof of "clay pipes" above the surface is the first sign that you have a problem and you should then take one of the options below.

Perhaps the easiest way to handle termites is to get a professional exterminator to treat the infected areas for you. Although this will obviously cost you, they are sure to get the job done and remove the termites for good. Typically, they will use custom-built wood to attract the termites. These wooden traps will contain chemicals that are taken by the termites which then carry them in the nest and thereby kill everyone. This process is called "baiting".

If you want to solve the problem yourself, you can find lots of products on the market that can help you. These chemicals are effective and safe if used correctly. Use them to protect your shingles by creating a barrier around the property, so when termites try to reach the wood on the shingles, they are immediately destroyed.

In addition to the above, there are also some very good pesticides that you can use to treat the wood at the base of your house. Remember that when using these types of chemicals, it is important to protect yourself as well as your home. It is recommended that you wear some kind of protective clothing when spraying the infected area.

When you are sure that you have killed the termites and the nest, it is important that you replace the existing single. Carefully check the wood and seek professional advice on how to replace damaged areas.