There are several types of termites, and the most common species found in the U.S. are the dry wood, damp wood, Formosan, and subterranean termites. These termites are not known to transmit diseases, but there are a few health and safety concerns associated with termite presence.
Termites can spread molds. There are different kinds of molds, and some species are more dangerous than others because these cause serious illnesses. So, what do termites have to do with it? Molds grow in damp and dark environments; the same areas that are preferred by various types of termites. When termites chew or crawl through wood, they also disperse molds. Once mold spores are in the air, these can easily become inhaled or the spores can land on skin.
Molds cause various types of illnesses. Molds cause allergies, skin diseases, fungal infections, and mycotoxin toxicity, to name a few. People with allergies might experience a worsening of their condition. Mild asthma can quickly become a chronic condition with more severe symptoms, like Allergic Bronchiopulmonary Aspergillosis which is demonstrated by a worsening of asthma or cystic fibrosis symptoms. Many types of skin diseases and fungal infections, such as systemic Candida or histoplasmosis, can also be triggered by mold presence. As for mycotoxin toxicity, this refers to the effects of the toxic compounds released by molds. Regular or extreme exposure can lead to neurological problems, and sometimes death. Once molds are inhaled, they can also grow in the lungs, which is a disease known as Aspergilloma. Dermatitis, eye infections, itching, hives, and memory loss are only a few of the many conditions that may be related to mold exposure.
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WARNING – Termites are active in Florida 24 / 7 – all year round!
1. Termites have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
2. Even the White House and the Statue of Liberty have had termite problems in recent years!
3. Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
4. The total weight of all termites in the world is more than the weight of all humans in the world!
5. Termites do NOT sleep – ever!