One of a home's greatest threats comes in the form of termites. Being aware of these insects is the first step in termite prevention. Understanding what attracts termites can help in termite prevention and seriously reduce the risk and prevent the need for expensive termite control. Unfortunately, many home owners simply aren't aware that their home is already a target.
One type of termite, subterranean termites, lives underground. Unlike drywood termites, they cannot live without access to moisture. They prefer to move directly from the ground into wood. Termite prevention begins by looking for any wood-to-ground contact. If the wood cannot be moved away from the soil, then the soil might have to be moved away from the wood.
Sources of moisture are another key to termite prevention. Moist wood attracts termites like a magnet. Look around your home for sources of moisture. If water collects anywhere near your home, find a way to divert it away from the structure. Often this results from rainwater runoff, or gutters or downspouts needing repair.
Another area of the home to look at for termite prevention is the crawlspace. Not every home has these added spaces, but when they do they can be harbors for trapped moisture. Vents are often routed through these crawlspaces and create a damp environment, ideal for termites and termite damage. Also watch for areas where rainwater may collect.
Mulch may look attractive around a home, but it can cause a problem. If mulch rests up against wood it provides a highway for termites into the structure. Rake the mulch away from the structure everywhere this occurs. Anytime mulch is added to the beds, remember to keep a sizable gap between the mulch and the wood to ensure termite prevention.
Homes with a fireplace may pose a problem as well. Many homeowners don't realize that firewood piled next to the house is a disaster waiting to happen. Keep firewood well away from the home or any other wood structure, such as a shed, even during winter months. It's better to have to walk out into the cold winter night to gather some wood than deal with the expense of repairing termite damage.
One often overlooked step in termite prevention is to schedule an annual termite inspection. Termite damage may be overlooked or misinterpreted as rot or other factors. Left unchecked, termite damage can lead to serious, and expensive, repair problems. Termite professionals are well trained to detect potential damage.
Termite prevention begins by understanding the needs of the termites. You will go a long way towards avoiding termite damage by keeping moisture away from the home, keeping wood away from mulch and soil and scheduling annual inspections. Termite prevention is the easiest way to practice termite control.All Pest Control Pros 7126 Tezel Road Suite 102-106 San Antonio, TX 78250 (210) 446-0079
The author does not allow comments to this entry