Termites are one of the most dangerous pests when it comes to your home. They don’t bite, sting, or spread disease, but termites can cause serious, expensive or irreparable damage to the structure of your home. Because they are often found in discreet places, like under your house, and they do not go after your food supply, termite infestations can go unnoticed until a lot of damage is done.
Termites can eat away at the wood structure of your home for months before you notice them, and once the infestation is identified, it can be difficult to eradicate them. Lingering damage can be challenging and expensive to repair. That’s why prevention is important for termites.
Here are several tips to help prevent termites.
- Keep shrubs and tree branches trimmed. Allow a few feet of distance between greenery and your home to create good airflow. This will help moisture to dry out more quickly and keep any potentially dead natural wood away from your home.
- Point sprinkler heads away from the house. Directing more moisture towards your home will make it an even more ideal environment for termites.
- Ensure good ventilation in crawl spaces and attics. These areas are more accessible to termites and are prone to accumulated moisture. Another good idea in crawl spaces is a vapor barrier.
- Avoid wooden mulch and keep firewood piles several feet away from your house.
- Fix leaky plumbing to prevent moisture buildup inside the home.
- Provide sufficient drainage tracks for gutters so that water does not pool directly next to your foundation.
- Have our pest control experts regularly inspected your home? Professionals can identify potential issues that attract termites, and they can fully inspect your home to guarantee that no termites are present. If they do find an infestation, our team can help you to eliminate it quickly and effectively.