Termites are nasty critters that work their way into your home and destroy it from the inside out. My name is Linda, and I am a pest control specialist. I have seen many homes and other buildings absolutely destroyed by termites. A termite infestation can cause a great deal of time and money to fix, and I'd like to tell you how to avoid having termites in the first place. I'll also discuss the clues that you have termites in your home and what to do if you already have an infestation. You can fix a termite problem, but you should act as quickly as possible. Let me be your guide.
The old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," was never truer than when applied to termite infestations. It is much easier to defend against termites and the damage they cause than it is to treat them and make repairs after the fact. Here are some simple things you can do as a homeowner to keep termites from entering and eating your home.
1. Get yearly pest inspections.
If you live in a area where termite activity is high, it's important that you get your property inspected by a pest control company frequently. They'll not only check the house, but also look at trees, garages, sheds, and wood piles for activity. This way, if there is any evidence of a colony, you'll know and you'll be able to act fast before too much damage is done.
2. Put baits and barriers around your home.
Termite baits sink into the ground around the perimeter of the house. They are attractive to termites, and the insects eat the bait and take it back to the colony, poisoning them. Baits are also good for indicating termite activity near the foundation, because as termites feed on the bait, the baits have indicators to show you that they have been eaten/disturbed. With baits in place, you also spray exterior structures with insecticide designed for termites. Around your house, you can create a barrier by digging a shallow trench, mixing the pesticide, and pouring it into the ditch. The chemical slowly penetrates the soil and provides a chemical barrier than kills termites as they come toward or away from your home -- any termites that may have made it to your foundation are unable to make it back to the subterranean colony.
3. Remove termite-attracting debris from your property.
Some homeowners inadvertently invite termites because their property is a smorgasbord for them. Carefully analyze your property and remedy the following termite-friendly features:
Wood and leaf piles. Stacks of wood leaning against homes, garages, or sheds are just food waiting to be eaten. If you heat your home with wood, keep wood piles far away from your homes exterior.
Wooden fences. Fences should always be built with wood treated against termites. If yours was not, spray the fence yourself every few years to make sure the termites stay away.
Wood mulch. Mulch is popular choice for shrub and flowers beds, even those that are built directly against the walls of your home. Rake away any wooden mulch and use rocks instead. Save wood mulch for flower beds that are located further from the foundation of your house.
For more help, contact a pest control service.Share