Each and every year, termites cause home and business owners in the United States to shell out billions of dollars in repair costs. Some species of termites are actually so destructive, they can practically wreck a home almost before the finishing touches are put on it. But you don't have to live with termites eating away at what may be the biggest investment you will ever make. Read on to find out how you can prevent these wood-destroying organisms from invading and destroying your home or business.
First of all, it is important to be able to recognize the signs of a termite infestation, or an impending one:
Termite swarmers outside: Once a termite colony has matured, it will send out alates, or termite reproductives. These winged "swarmers" will leave the nest in search of new homes. But they don't stay outside the protection of wood for long. After mating, swarmers will shed their wings. You may see these shed wings on window sills, back decks, or other areas.
Termites will often infest outside areas before moving inside. If you detect a termite nest on a tree, fence, deck or patio, you should be on the alert that they may have already infested your home as well.
Termite swarmers inside: If you see swarmers, or their shed wings, inside your home, you can be assured that you already have at least one mature colony eating away at the wood of your home.
Mud tubes: These are thin tubes that termites will build so they are not exposed to the drying effects of the air and sunshine.
Termites will be drawn to conditions that are ideal for them to thrive, therefore you should try to make your environment as un-ideal for them as possible.
If you have mulch around the perimeter of your home, consider replacing it with crushed rock or, at least, keeping it 2 feet or more from your walls. And make sure to check underneath mulch often to see if termites have taken up residence.
If you have firewood stacked outside, keep it as far away from your structure as possible. If you can, store it at least twenty feet away from your exterior walls and keep it up off the ground. Termites will often choose to live in the soil next to, or underneath a wood pile, since dead wood is a preferred choice of food for termites.
If you have bushes around your perimeter, make sure they are trimmed back at least one foot away from your walls. This will keep the conditions near your home dryer as it will provide for airflow and perhaps sunshine to reach those areas.
Keep sticks and other yard waste picked up from your yard. Any organic material lying on the ground will make termites more attracted to your property.
EXTERIOR OF BUILDING TIPS:
If you gutters are broken or clogged, this may be causing water damage and rot, which makes your home or business more attractive to termites. Make sure your gutters are in good working order.
If you have damaged weather stripping, this can also lead to wood rot which, as mentioned, is attractive to termites.
If you have outdoor spigots that are leaking, this also can cause wood rot. Not only will this cost you extra money on your water bills, it will draw those termites in closer to your home.
Areas that collect rainwater should be dried up. Moist areas not only attract termites but a whole host of other household pests as well.
If you have air conditioners, be sure that water is not running down your exterior walls, causing wood damage.
Be aware that areas where the wood of your structure comes into direct contact with the soil, these are prime areas where termites can gain easy access to your home.
While these tips can make your home less attractive to wood-destroying termites, they may not be enough. When it comes to termites, being sure of your safety requires the help of a professional pest control company. In business since 1956, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions offers the most complete termite defense system available. Don't put up with these destructive insects, reach out to us today for immediate assistance.
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