Termites are common house pests that feed on dead plants and wood to get nutrients from cellulose. They are prevalent during spring because of the warm weather and rainfall, and they emerge in colonies (known as swarmers) to mate. Therefore, it’s common to see large numbers of winged termites during spring in residential properties.
Termites cause billions of dollars in damage, and they can eat your home without your knowledge. This is because they can chew through flooring, wallpaper, and wood undetected, which compromises the structural integrity of your home.
Luckily, there are several steps you can take to prevent termites from infesting your house. These include;
1. Remove Access
Termites are small in size and, thus, can enter your home through the tiniest of cracks and openings. For instance, if you have broken windows and cracked seals, they can enter your property through them.
Conduct a thorough inspection of your home to determine if there are any entry points for termites. Some of the areas you can check are your foundation, beneath your door, your window frames, and your skirting boards. Remember, anyplace on your property with wood is a potential entry point for termites.
2. Stack Firewood Away From Your Home
As stated earlier, termites feed on wood, which contains cellulose for nutrients. Hence, the more firewood you store close to your home, the higher your chances of having a termite infestation this spring. It’s, thus, advisable to stack your wood fifteen feet away from your home.
While this may force you to walk more to get your firewood, it prevents termites from destroying your property.
3. Repair Leaking Taps and Pipes
Moisture prone areas in your home are danger zones for termite infestation since subterranean termites require adequate moisture to thrive. Therefore, reducing the moisture levels in your home is a great way to keep termites away from your home.
First, begin by repairing any leaking pipes and taps around and under your home. Second, look for stagnant water or pools of water on your property, whether it’s in a crawlspace or outside your house. Stagnant water outside your home, for example, won’t dry up during summer. Instead, it will become moist, attracting termites that will eventually find a food source in your house.
Lastly, address moisture problems in your house, such as damaged gutters, which may direct water to your foundation.
4. Tidy up Clothing Piles
Many people assume termites don’t eat clothing, but cellulose can also be found in fabrics. Hence, old piles of clothes stored away in your attic and garage are an open invite for termites in your home. You can donate some of your clothes to clean up your clutter or throw them away. The secret to not having termites in your home is eliminating their food source.
5. Annual Termite Inspections
Many homeowners don’t know how to detect termite infestations in their homes since they can easily go undetected. Luckily, you can have a professional inspect your home annually to ensure termites don’t infest your home.
In addition, if you already have a termite infestation, an annual inspection can help in detecting them before they cause too much damage. A qualified professional will check your basement, crawling space, foundation, and interior of your slab for termites. They will then provide reliable and environmentally safe termite control services.
Allied Services Pest Elimination is a pest control company that provides expert termite control services for residential properties. Our termite extermination procedures are proven methods that eliminate pests from your home affordably and quickly.
If you suspect you have termites in your home, call our experts on 858-538-2777 for a home inspection.