Termites Are Swarming! Prevent Them With These Tips
Every year, homeowners deal with the fallout from termite infestations to the tune of billions of dollars in property damage. As frustrating as it is to fight termites, though, it’s important to remember that you can prevent these problematic pests, and while it’s best if your prevention plan involves the help of a professional pest control company, there are several things you can do on your own to help control this home destroying pest.
Moisture is a Problem
Dealing with moisture problems is the single most effective way to fight termites. If you can eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home, you’re going to eliminate a key factor in termite survival. Wondering how you can manage? Start by simply watching. Keep an eye out for leaking faucets, water pipes, or even an outside air conditioning unit. Drainage problems from storm runoff or something similar can also create a moisture issue. The moment you notice the creeping damp head for your home, fix it. Once it’s repaired, you’ll need to repair the damage too. Fascia, soffits, rotted roof shingles, and siding can all serve as a great entry point for termites.
Your Lawn Care Program
Caring for the lawn around your home is also an essential factor in any termite prevention plan. You’ll want to create an 18 inch barrier between the soil and the wood parts of your home. The more of your home’s wood you can keep away from the soil, the more likely you are to keep termites at bay. Keep branches trimmed and bushes well groomed. Additionally, you’ll want to eliminate any dead trees or shrubs in your yard as soon as possible. Keep the wood out of the way as well.
Caring for your lawn also typically means removing yard waste quickly and storing firewood well away from your home. Most experts suggest your firewood pile should be located at least twenty feet from the house.
Finally, as with any pest control program, simply ensuring your home and its foundation are well sealed can go a long way toward keeping termites (and other pests) out. Once you’ve sealed things up, keep an eye out for any potential problems or signs of termite infestation.
Calling In the Professionals
While taking these steps can certainly help you reduce the potential of a termite infestation, they cannot prevent it completely. The single best way to do that is to enlist the help of a pest control professional. With regular inspections and helpful bait systems, this will eliminate the potential of a termite invasion in your home and keep the possibility of serious property damage to a minimum.