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How To: Protect Your Home from Termites

Many people don’t realize it but while spring brings beautiful green grass, blooming flowers, and warmer temperatures, it is also prime termite season. These little pests may look harmless, however, they can eat your home right out from under you if you’re not careful. Before they arrive and begin to grow in population, here are some tips you can use to prevent them from taking up residence in your home. 

Moisture Control

Termites thrive in moist conditions so you’ll need to make sure your home has no welcoming areas for them. Eliminate or reduce the amount of moisture both within your home and around it. A few simple ways to achieve this are:

  • Repair leaking faucets
  • Check for leaks around the water pipes in your home
  • Monitor your AC unit for signs of standing moisture 
  • Ensure downspouts are functioning properly to carry water away from your home

Inspect Your Exterior 

The exterior of your home needs to be in good condition in order to properly prevent a termite infestation. Inspect your fascia, soffits, and roof shingles to ensure there are no holes, damage, or rot. Should you encounter any, repair or have the damage repaired immediately. Secondly, check the weather stripping and mortar around your basement foundation and windows too. Should anything be loose or have gaps, replace or repair that as well. 

The foundation is one of the most important parts of your home and needs to be inspected regularly. Inspecting your foundation regularly will help you to monitor for signs of termites much more quickly. Check for signs of mud tubes  (used by termites to reach a food source), uneven or bubbling paint, and wood that sounds hollow when tapped on. These are all signs of a presence and need to be taken care of quickly. 

Consider Your Storage Options

If you store firewood for an indoor fireplace or exterior pit, ensure that you store it properly. Termites love wood, can eat through it easily, and are often present in it. By storing your stockpile a minimum of 20 feet from your home, you discourage these pests from coming any closer to see if your home has something better to offer. 

If you have extra cellulose material around your home, remove it too. These materials make the perfect living space for termites to adopt as their own and breed new colonies. Be sure to check attics, crawl spaces, and basements for these kinds of items. 

Eliminate Access Points

Termites are like any other pests and they always look for an easy entrance into your home. By eliminating their entry points, you will discourage them from moving in. Seal any gaps around the water and gas line entry into your home. Check for other gaps on the exterior of your house too. 

Termites don’t have to be a cause for concern in your home. By completing proper repairs and maintenance to upkeep your home, you can protect yourself from an infestation. In the event, you find evidence of these pests, contact us today to inquire about our one-time treatment options and monthly preventative maintenance plans. 

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