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Termites cause one of the most destructive pest infestations that homes around the country can get. Even though termites will not bite, sting, contaminate your food supplies, or transmit diseases like some other types of pests, they are dangerous to the structure of your house.
If you are dealing with a termite infestation in your home, you may be concerned that the safety of your pets is at risk. But fear not. Although it’s possible for termites to attack and bite cats or dogs, and even humans, as they have powerful jaws, this is very unlikely.
Bottom line, termites do not pose a direct threat to humans or their pets. They will not attack and hurt people and pets, and will not pose any serious health risks.
However, for the most part, the damage they cause is directly related to the structural elements of a building. Termites work quietly and behind the scenes, eating away at the wooden elements of your property.
Once they have infested your home, these pests can be very difficult to control and eradicate. All these reasons make termites a harmful pest that you need to do everything possible to prevent and ultimately, get rid of. If you need some peace of mind, keep reading as we go into detail about whether termites are bad for pets.
Can Pets Get Sick From Termites?
Since the vast majority of termites stay hidden out of sight and will only attempt to defend themselves if directly threatened, your pets probably won’t even encounter them. But sometimes cats love to run around and catch the swarming termites when these flying insects are attracted to the light of your lamp.
In addition, most dogs and cats will even eat them, and as termites are not poisonous or toxic, there won’t be any harm done to your furry friends. These critters can even add a little protein to their diet.
Termite droppings are a sure sign of an infestation taking place in your home. The frass is not in and of itself hazardous or toxic, like rodents’ or other wild animals’ feces.
If a human comes into direct contact with termite droppings or touches the termite with their bare hands, there is a chance it could cause skin irritations with itchiness, rash, and small bumps, just like any other skin allergic reactions. But the chances of an animal getting an infection from termites are extremely small. So your pets will not get sick from termites, and it’s not worthy of any serious consideration.
However, if you believe that your cat or dog has been bitten by the insect, or they’re showing signs that they are sick, you should take it to the vet, just in case.
Lastly, if you see any signs of potential termite infestation in your home, you should address the situation quickly before it grows out of control.
If you worry about your pets being exposed to toxic chemicals, there are some natural methods you may try for termite control. They include orange oil, vinegar, borates, or nematodes which are parasitic worms that love consuming termites. Finally, it’s always best to take preventive measures beforehand. However, these methods might be helpful for reducing a termite population, but they are not very likely to eliminate the entire infestation.
It is best to find a pest control service provider that uses pet-friendly treatments to get rid of termites without harming your pets. If you suspect you already have a termite problem in your home in Orange County, CA, the professionals at Chem Free Exterminating can help. Reach out to our expert team today to learn more about the safe termite control options we offer!