As a homeowner, termites can be your biggest nightmare. These pests cause billions of dollars of damage each year and can be very hard to detect and eliminate. There is no such thing as a small termite infestation, as exposure to even a small colony can cause untold damage to your property, resulting in a compromised structure and the rapidly plummeting value of one of your biggest assets.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to prevent termites in your home to effectively treat the infestation, if one is discovered:
Seal the Cracks
Identify cracks in wooden structures and furniture and seal these or, alternatively, fill them with sand, as this prevents termites from gaining entry and they cannot build over sand.
Reduce Moisture and Water Accumulation
Reduce any moisture in your home, as termites are attracted to water and it is necessary for their survival. Diverting rainwater away from your house, ensuring that sprinklers are aimed away from your house foundation, and repairing leaks quickly help prevent the accumulation of moisture.
Refrain from using wood mulch around your house, as this a great food and water source for termites, allowing them to flourish near your home. You can choose rubber mulches instead of the wooden type to help prevent the development of infestations.
Don’t Move Furnishings
If you discover termites in one piece of furniture, do not move it to another room, as this will simply spread the infestation to another part of your home and may make it grow faster.
Seek Professional Help
People often try to deal with termites themselves and in doing so can make the infestation much worse. Termite removal requires specialized equipment such as drills, as well as experienced professionals who know to look in hidden and out-of-the-way spots to get rid of all termites once and for all. Professionals are also aware of which pesticides are safe to use within homes and take the necessary precaution, of which a layperson may not be aware.
Use Certain Woods
Once the termites have caused enough damage, you have no choice but to replace the items that have been compromised. When replacing wooden structures, use redwood, cedar and juniper, as termites are least attracted to these woods.
Even after their removal, termites can always return so periodic inspections are your best bet if you want to keep your home termite-free. Termites can hide inside the inner areas of wooden structures and may be detected after they wreak thousands of dollars worth of damage. So yearly inspections by a professional pest control firm will help you prevent termites from building a colony within your home.
Pest Logic has years of experience getting rid of the most troublesome pests for your family. Contact us today if you need help fighting termites in your home.