Spring is unofficially “termite season.” As temperatures begin to rise in these months, we see an increase in both actively -swarming and non-swarming termites. Termites are not only a nuisance, they can actually be dangerous and destructive. With over 2,000 known species of termites in the world, termites are wood-destroying insects. They are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper detected, according to PestWorld. As a homeowner, there are many steps you can take to prevent termites from infesting your property.
The most important thing you as a homeowner should do in your effort to prevent termites on your property is eliminate and reduce moisture in and around your home. Additionally, wood and landscaping can be breeding grounds for termite infestation as well.
Termites are extremely attracted to water and moisture. This draws these pesky creatures in. Reduction of unnecessary water and moisture is one of the most effective ways to reduce your home or office’s risk of termite infestation. Some quick and easy tips to reduce moisture are:
- Assure gutters are in proper working condition to divert water away from exterior of your home.
- Fix any leaky fixtures –both outdoors and indoors. Leaky faucets and pipes often create a build up of water and puddles, which is extremely enticing for termites.
- Drain any standing water being stored on your property when not in use. For example, empty water buckets, bird baths, children’s water tables when you do not need them as they only create a place for termites to potentially infest.
Another thing that termites are incredibly attracted to is wood. Remove and replace any wood that has been damaged by water. Whether you have sideboards on your home that have water damage or even standing firewood. If you do need to store firewood, keep it at least a minimum distance of 20 feet away from the exterior of your home.
Finally, you cannot forget about your landscaping. Clear your property of excess trees, branches, and other vegetation as a measure against termites. Be sure to dispose of debris piles, fallen trees, and any other decaying tree stumps and any other plants and greenery on your property.
These at-home termite prevention tips can help, although termite infestations are notoriously difficult to get rid of. With nearly 45 years of experience, our experts can provide professional and effective termite extermination services. Rid-A-Pest offers liquid treatments, termite baiting systems, and green solutions for termite control. Each plan is customized to protect your home because we know all termite cases are different. To request your free estimate on termite treatment, call us today.