In our last blog, we discussed everything you need to know about termites. And while knowing that they are dreaded and destructive creatures may suffice, it is also important to take note of how to avoid them. This is necessary since each year, swarms of termites across the country caused over $5 billion in property damage. They will compromise the structural integrity of your home and cost thousands in repairs. So be sure to take every precautionary measure you can before it’s too late!
There are three primary ways to fend off a termite infestation. And for each of these, we’ve provided a few practical tips you can apply to your own home.
3 ways to prevent termites and tips on how to do it:
- Eliminate moisture. Termites, along with all sorts of bugs, require moisture to survive. So be sure that your home is not a haven of moistness for critters from all walks of life. And keep in mind that in Southern California, the inherently dry air may intensify their search for relief. You can reduce the amount of moisture near and within your home in several ways. First, be sure to repair leaky faucets, water pipes, and exterior AC units. And attend to and divert any water that is getting too close to your house. Ensure that your downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks are functioning properly.
- Minimize food sources. Termites eat anything with the ingredient cellulose. And you likely have a cellulose feast inside your house. Everything from your wood flooring, to your wallpaper, is a delectable treat to these insects. So don’t give them any enticing snack that will lead them inside. Reduce all food sources for termites by repairing fascia, soffits, and rotted roof shingles. And if needed, replace all damaged weather stripping and loose mortar around your home’s foundation and windows. You can also take action in your yard area. Make sure that there is always at least 18 inches between your house and any soil or wood and always store firewood at least 20 feet away.
- Conduct regular inspections. This does not always require a professional. When it comes to preventing termites, stopping them in their tracks is crucial. And you can have a significant role in doing so! Be proactive by routinely inspecting your home for signs of mud tubes (termites’ way of accessing one point from another), uneven or bubbling paint, and hollow-sounding wood. Once again, you should also consider the exterior of your house and check for signs there. Evaluate all window and door frames and skirting boards for signs of damage. While your participation in preventing termites is exceptionally valuable, do not refrain from hiring a professional for annual inspections as well. They will inform you of signs of damage and other tactics of prevention.
Your house is more than a piece of property, it is more valuable than a good investment, and without it, you and your family would suddenly be lost. It is your home. So be sure that it does not fall victim to ruthless termites. With these preventative measures, you give your property the best opportunity to be free of termites. And when you require professional inspections or fumigation, please do not hesitate to give us a call at Pete’s Termite and Pest Control. We are your termite experts and prepared to maintain the comfort of your home.