Spring is arriving quickly, and, as the weather warms up, you may begin to see the unwelcome signs of termites. No season has conditions better suited for termites than spring; bad news for homeowners. During the spring, termites swarm to mate and build colonies – usually in residential properties. Termites can destroy wood, flooring, foundations, and wallpaper, and it is completely possible for them to cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage before you notice them.
Before you pack up all your belongings and move out, however, it is important the remember the number one rule of pests: the best cure is prevention. While you can visit the National Pest Management Association for a complete guide on protecting your home, here is a list of the top 7 termite prevention tips.
Hire a Professional
While you can DIY your termite prevention, sometimes it is best to contact a professional. Professional exterminators can be your best friend when it comes to pest prevention. They can provide annual and biannual inspections to help stop issues before they arise. They can also disperse certain pesticides to help keep pests out of your home. It is best to contact an exterminator at the first sign of a possible infestation.
Termites are attracted to moisture, so it’s only logical that the best way to prevent a termite infestation is to help reduce moisture around your household. This can be done in multiple ways. First, check your home’s pipes to make sure there are no leaks present. Divert any water away from your property. You can also purchase dehumidifiers to help remove moisture from the air. While you are checking your property, watch for mold or algae; these are indicators of high moisture levels.
Repair Problem Areas
Inspect the outside of your house. If you see any damaged weather strips or paneling, replace it immediately. These tiny entries can allow termites to enter your home. Fix any leaking pipes in order to control moisture. Maintain proper ventilation and sealing in your house – especially in attics, crawlspaces, and basements.
Practice Proper Wood Storage
Fireplaces and wood stoves are both aesthetic and eco-friendly. However, piles of firewood right beside your home are very tempting to termites, and it is easy for them to make the transition from an external wood source to your home. Make sure all wood piles – firewood, mulch, and even tree stumps – are at least 20 feet away from your home.
Monitor Wood Areas
It is important to regularly inspect the wood on the outside of your home. Check wood beams, doors, and paneling for any signs of termite infestations. While you are at it, check your fences and stair banisters on your porch as well.
Reduce Food Sources
Termites’ main food source is a sugar called cellulose that is present in plant materials like wood. In order to reduce the appeal of your home, make sure to remove any excess materials that contain cellulose. Discard of any wood that you can no longer use.
None of us like the thought of termites in the home. Follow these termite prevention tips and call us today right here at Total Pest Solutions to help solve your pest control issues.