A termite infestation is not something that you want to deal with. It’s one of the worst infestations you can have—not because termites bite or carry disease (they don’t), but because they can tear through the wood in your home at a horrifying pace. What’s even more troublesome is that termites are hard to spot, which means by the time you know you have termites, they may have already done costly damage. Termites can do such great damage that they can leave your home structurally unsound and therefore unsafe.
So what’s the best way to deal with termites? If you spot them, contact our pest management professionals right away. However, an even more effective method for dealing with termites is to make sure that you don’t get them in the first place. The following are ten tips for preventing a termite infestation:
- Keep your roof in good condition. Broken shingles and leaks in the roof can result in the buildup of moisture, one of the elements that attract termites. Have your roof inspected yearly and do a visual checkup following big storms to ensure that your roof stays in good shape.
- Store items in plastic boxes. If you’re storing a lot of old papers and magazines in cardboard boxes, move them to plastic boxes. Cardboard boxes full of old paper are a source of food for termites.
- Check for leaks around the house. Leaks will draw the attention of termites, so make sure you check throughout your home regularly for any leaks, from leaky pipes to leaks in the ceiling. Any leaks you find should be repaired right away.
- Remove tree stumps. If you have any tree stumps in your yard, have them removed. Tree stumps are an excellent source of food for termites. Termites will build up an army around your tree stump before invading your house!
- Be careful with mulch. If you use mulch, make sure that there is a gap between your home’s foundation and the mulch you lay down. Mulch is usually high in moisture, which could attract termites. Because mulch is often created from wood chippings, you may want to consider other materials for your mulch, such as gravel, rubber, or plastic.
- Treat your exterior wood features. Any wooden features outside your home, such as a deck or porch, should be treated with an anti-termite spray.
- Keep your home well ventilated. By making sure that your house is properly ventilated, you’ll help keep your humidity levels down, thereby reducing the presence of moisture.
- Schedule a yearly pest inspection. A pest inspection will reveal not only the presence of flying termites, but also any vulnerabilities you might have to a termite infestation.
Use these ten tips to keep flying termites away from your home. If you have a termite problem or want to schedule a termite inspection, contact Bain Pest Control.