Termites are small insects, but in a matter of time, they can cause significant damage to your home. Termites burrow into wooden components of a home, destroying the structure in the process. Ridding your home of these troublesome insects can be quite an undertaking. Here are a few tips to help prevent termites in the home.
Reduce Soil-to-Wood Contact to Prevent Termites in the Home
Termites are attracted to the wood in and around your home. To reduce the risk of a termite infestation, move stacks of firewood away from the exterior of the home. Keep garden mulch at least six inches from the foundation of the house. Remove dead logs, old lumber, and other wooden items that are near the house.
Eliminate Excess Moisture
Termites need moisture to breed. Eliminate excess moisture from the home to help prevent termites. Repair any leaking pipes or dripping faucets. Clean clogged gutters and make repairs if they are damaged. Make sure that water from the gutters drains away from your home’s foundation. Address standing water on the lawn and its cause.
Regular Inspections Help Prevent Termites in the Home
Do not assume your home is free of termites simply because you don’t see insects. Infestations can remain hidden until significant, noticeable damage has been done. Regular WDO inspections discover hard-to-find infestations of these, and other, wood-destroying pests.
Paint the Exterior
Apply a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the home to help seal up any holes and cracks that give termites easy access. This is particularly helpful for preventing drywood termites, although it is beneficial prevention of any type of termite. Your home will look great and you’ll boost curb appeal as a bonus.
Keep Termites Out of Your Home
Termites cause millions of dollars in damages to homes each year. Use the information above to keep termites form causing structural damage and a financial burden.