Citizens of Cyprus have been calling out for the government to create legislation requiring termite control and termite prevention measures of all builders or house sellers. Termites have been affecting the European country for a while now but little has been done by authorities to put in place measures that could protect buyers from the insects.
The average termite control company in Cyprus charges anywhere from 500 to around 2000 Euros per treatment, Cyprus locals have every reason to be worried about the sudden increase in the insects’ numbers. Repetitive termite treatments are necessary to keep the critters at bay and away from a property, especially if there are still other properties in the neighbourhood that have not undergone the same treatments and which are thus hotspots that the critters may use for breeding and feeding their colonies. As long as there are termite colonies or feeding spots nearby, people cannot rest easy.
With the lack of termite control legislation or simple pest regulation laws being enforced in Cyprus, it is only natural that most houses in the country are also lacking termite prevention programmes and treatments. The result has been hundreds of citizens reporting worsening problems with the termites. Some have already suffered costly damage to their houses and some near-irreparable issues that would cost tens of thousands of Euros to fix.
The most common termites in Cyprus are similar to the ones also found in the United States. Basically, you get drywood termites and subterranean termites. Pest control officials in the European country are already seeing higher customer traffic as a result of the surge in termite figures, and are also releasing advice and information on how to combat the critters using simple prevention measures and smart action. For instance, locals with old houses or new ones in semi-rural locations (because these are areas where old trees have been razed only too recently) are warned that they should get free termite inspection done as soon as possible, as they are in for a very high risk of infestation. Areas of the house that are made of wood are also to be checked regularly for signs of termite breach, usually through the presence of frass (termite droppings that look like sawdust) or mudtubes.
Locals are also being told not to hesitate too much over the prices usually considered a hindrance to getting termite control: the simple fact is that costs usually go far higher when quick action is not taken. It would be far cheaper for most homeowners to bite the bullet and spring for a decent termite prevention program early on, instead of hazarding the possibility of incurring far more expensive damage to the house later through lack of protection from the pests.