Termites are sometimes called “white ants” because of their slight resemblance to ants. They are insects that consume wood and all other materials that contain cellulose and are considered amongst the most destructive pests in the world. Termites are hardly worthy of fright. But the sight of these little pests can cause terror because of their destructive habits.
Their eating habits could damage your home’s foundation, furniture, walls, floor boards and carpets. Only a professional will be able to assess the damage and get rid of the pests. Once termites invade your home, it requires professional treatment.
However, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce the chance of termite infestation. The best thing to do is prevent these “silent destroyers” before they find their way into your home.
1):Termites thrive in areas with moisture, so the first thing to do is eliminate this essential ingredient from their environment.
2):Make sure your home’s faucets and pipes are in good repair.
3):Give your home’s gutters and vents a regular cleaning to ensure they are clear and running smoothly.
4):Eliminate any standing water in your yard or on your roof.
5):Get rid of any tempting termite food around the foundation of your home such as firewood or plant debris.
6):Hire an exterminator for professional preventative services and get a professional inspection done each year.
7):Keep water pipes and faucets in good repair so that water does not leak.
8):Do not plant within three feet of the home, and trim back limbs and branches.
9):Ensure the foundation is exposed and visible, removing plants from contact with the foundation or exterior walls they do not contact the structure.
10):Remove all ‘wood-to-soil’ contacts which may include wood piles, wood siding, support beams, and any other structural timbers of a home.
11):Repair any damaged wood. Prevent or resolve any moisture issues in the home or crawlspace and ensure that water drains away from the foundation.
12):Inspect any ‘problem areas’ regularly – looking for mud tubes, swarmers, or damaged wood.
13):If desired, preventive treatments can be made to the soil.