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Termite Infestations And Mold Go Hand-In-Hand

Termite Infestations And Mold Go Hand-In-Hand 

Every homeowner knows that termite infestations are a major drag. The process of eradicating termites from a home can be stressful, especially when homes have to be vacated on account of extensive termite damage. When it comes to major home-improvement projects, eradicating a termite infestation requires a high degree of patience. Termite infestations may cause damage to a person’s home, but at least termites can be eradicated. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for homeowners to notice other structural problems occuring at the same time as termite infestations. Numerous people over the years have reported damaging forms of fungi growing on wood that had also been infested with termites. Inspecting a house for mold is a sensible idea if a termite infestation is found.

When you get right down to it, both termites and mold are needed in the world. Termites and mold are similar in that they both break down dead wood within the environment. Unfortunately this includes the dead wood that people’s homes are made from. Without termites and mold, new plants would not be able to sprout through the vast amount of dead plant matter that would be covering the ground. Since termites and mold both require dead wood to survive, they both tend to inhabit the same types of environments. Termites and mold thrive in moist conditions with abundant sources of cellulose. This is why it is not uncommon to find termites and wood-feeding fungi affecting the same structures. It is not that termites cause mold, or the other way around; instead mold and termites thrive under the same environmental conditions. For example, desert-dwelling animals and desert plants are found within the same types of hot and dry conditions, but neither one causes the other to exist. This is why it is necessary to have a home inspected for mold if a termite infestation is suspected, or found. Likewise, a home found to be infested with wood-feeding forms of fungi should also be inspected for termites.

Have you ever heard of a termite infestation occuring in a structure at the same time as a fungal-infestation?

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