Since spring is when most homeowners take a look at their home and property in search of ways to improve it, the National Pest Management Association has dedicated a week in March to termite awareness- Termite Awareness Week. This year, Termite Awareness Week falls from March 15-21, 2015. With over $5 billion spent in the fight against termites each year in the United States, homeowners should be fully aware of this threat.
Often, the first contact a homeowner has with a pest control company regarding termites is when swarmers appear or when there is visible wood damage. But what most don't realize is that when you find swarmers or evidence of termite damage, it's quite possible that years of damage has already been done. Termites can chew on the wood of your home twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, all year long.
In order to help prevent termite infestations and costly damages to the structure of your home, below are some tips to prevent termite infestations.
Keep mulch, shrubs, and bushes at least 15 inches from your basement walls.
Check to make sure gutters are unobstructed and in good working order. Termite swarmers are drawn in by moist soil.
Standing water leads to rotting wood. If water accumulates near your foundation walls, build those areas up so that water runs away from your home.
Repair any leaky pipes, spigots, or air conditioning units.
Make sure your weather stripping is in good working condition.
Repair loose mortar around basement windows and seal rotted areas with caulk.
Do a routine inspection of your basement walls for the mud tubes subterranean termites create when they work their way into your home. These can sometimes be hidden, or in a hard-to-reach area.
Look for wood damage on your fences and other outside wood structures.
Be aware that transparent silver wings littered about your window sills are a sign that a swarm has happened.
While you're doing some repairs on your home and fixing a few things up this spring, add some of these termite prevention tips into the mix. If you find termites, contact a professional pest control company immediately. Also, consider getting certified termite inspection even if you don't see any evidence of these wood destroying pests. Finding termites after they have been silently feeding on your home for years is not the way you want to find termites. Get protected and spread the word during this year's Termite Awareness Week.