Termites are among the hardiest creatures on earth and the most difficult to get rid of. They can, if left unchecked, destroy a home and along with it, a family’s future. Protecting your home is a two stage process- preventing termites from accessing your home and treating any infestations when they are found. The most dangerous of the various types of termite is the subterranean variety and here are a few tips on how to prevent them from entering your home.
Remove Entry Points
Termites can enter through the smallest of crevices. To stop them from getting into your home, seal all gaps around gas and water lines. Holes made to allow pipes to pass through walls often have gaps big enough for termites to get in. Make sure the seals are tight and complete. Another common access point is through wood to ground contact. The termites eat their way through the wood and get inside the structure. Reduce the wood to ground contact as much as possible and treat what remains with termiticide to keep the creatures away.
Reduce Food Sources
Termites feed on all types of cellulose materials. Ensure that there is nothing of this kind accumulating anywhere near your home as it will attract termites. Check the crawlspaces for any cellulose or wood that may be lying there and get rid of it. Clean out the crawl space as much as possible and have it treated with termiticde. If mulch has been used for your landscaping, have it replaced by cellulose free options and if that is not possible, ensure that the mulch is kept at a distance of at least one foot from the foundation of the house. Termites love wooden sidings. Ensure that the sidings in your house are at least six inches clear of the ground to prevent termites from reaching it.
Eliminate Excess Moisture
Termites love a moist environment and if you allow water to collect in or near your home, it is an open invitation to termites. Check to see if water is collecting around or near the foundation or roof of your house and if so, find out the source and get the problem fixed. Check the basement and crawlspace for signs of excess dampness. There could be many reasons for this and if you find it, it is better to get an expert to identify the problem and find a solution. Check for leaks in the plumbing and air conditioner condensation lines and for faulty gutters. If anything is found, have it fixed without delay.
Taking all the precautions you can to prevent termite infestation is always a good thing. However, signs of termites are not noticed until the situation becomes severe. Regular inspections of your home by a reputed termite control company will help to ensure that your home is termite free. And if any should be found, the company will have the expertise, materials and equipment to get rid of them completely.