You’ve noticed a lot of bubbled and cracked paint around your home as well as tiny holes. You didn’t think much of this until you started seeing termite wings laying around. You have a professional come in to inspect and sure enough, the little pests have made their way into your home.
Now you’re being forced to pay out thousands of dollars to get rid of them and repair all the damage they did. While we can’t help you rescue your savings account this time, we can give you termite prevention tips that will allow you to keep them away. Check out this quick guide on how to stop termites from making a snack out of your home again.
1. Keep Wood Away from the Ground
Most of the time termites get into your home because there are wood components on your home that are touching the ground. It makes it easy for the little pests to crawl over, have their fill of food, and make a shelter.
You need to put any wooden steps or posts on some sort of concrete base. As pretty as the wooden latticework is around your home, it’s better to ax it if you want to keep termites away.
2. Don’t Let Moisture Gather at the Foundation of Your Home
Termites are attracted to moisture. So, if there is a large source of it near the foundation of your home, they’ll be attracted to it. Keep water away by doing proper maintenance on your gutters.
When you’ve got a leaky faucet, broken AC unit, or busted pipe on your hands, call someone right away to fix it because these are all sources of moisture. Keep your summer lawn sprinklers pointed away from your home so no puddles form near the foundation. If your home doesn’t have the best drainage then you’ll need to have drains installed.
3. Keep Moisture and Humidity Out of Your Crawlspace
The foundation of your home isn’t the only area that needs to be free of moisture. Termites will be drawn to your crawlspace if you allow it to get muggy. Crawlspaces have vents that will do the trick but it’s your job to make sure that they receive proper maintenance on a normal basis.
Keep them free from dirt and debris that can clog them up. You can also have a polyethylene sheet installed. It will act as a vapor barrier that will keep condensation out of the crawlspace.
4. Don’t Store Firewood Near Your Home
It’s okay to keep a stash of firewood for the winter but you don’t want to prop it up against the foundation of your home or put it in your crawlspace. It provides a source of food for termites and they will indulge in this all you can eat buffet.
Chances are they won’t be satisfied with only the firewood. They’ll move on to the foundation of your home. You should also avoid putting cardboard boxes, lumber, or newspapers next to your home.
They all act as shelter. If you have any vines growing on the outside of your house, get rid of them as soon as you can as well.
5. Keep Mulch Use to a Minimum
Using a little mulch is fine but you want to keep it at a minimum. Mulch doesn’t have any nutritional value for termites at all but it holds in moisture and provides them with protection from extreme temperatures.
If you’re going to use mulch use it properly. Keep it away from the foundation of your home as well as your window frames and doorways.
6. Fill Cracks Near Your Home
If you’ve got any cracks around your home, it makes for an easy entryway for termites. You’ll need to seal these up to keep them out during the peak of termite season.
After you’ve sealed up these entryways, spray the area with termiticide and lay down poison traps. This will stop the problem before it begins or keep a current termite issue from getting worse.
7. Have the House Pre-Treated for Terminates
The worst thing in the world would be if you spent a lot of money on building a home only to have to spend thousands of more dollars later to treat a termite problem.
That’s why you should take prevention measures ahead of time. Create a barrier of termiticide before you begin construction on the new home.
8. Spotting the Problem
The earlier you spot termites the better. So the best prevention possible is to spot the problem before it becomes a problem. You’ll notice wings, droppings, and even dead termites laying around.
They’ll leave little tunnels on the surface of your home that looks like streaks of mud. If you spot a bug then check it’s antennas. If they are curved then it’s more likely a flying ant then a termite and if they are straight then it’s a termite.
Of course, if you would rather be safe than sorry with the situation or live in an area that is prone to termites, have a professional come in annually to spray or at least check out your home. They may have greater knowledge of termite infestations than you.
Termite Prevention Tips to Help Keep the Little Pests Out of Your Home
Termites can be difficult and expensive to get rid of. If you let an infestation go on too long you’ll have to pay for heavy damages on top of having the little pests exterminated. Follow these termite prevention tips to spot and stop the problem before it gets that far.
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