Termite Prevention Tips
Between the pandemic and the harsh winter, most of the country experienced this season, spring can’t come fast enough for most. In the blink of an eye, the grounds will thaw, flowers will bloom, and the sun will shine. As the weather begins to warm up you may also begin to see other, more unpleasant signs of spring approaching– the presence of bugs. As the weather begins to warm, bugs begin to swarm. Continue reading to learn how to protect your home this spring.
Can you prevent termites in your home?
Termites are one of the last issues you want to encounter as a homeowner. If termites find their way into your home they can cause thousands of dollars in damages; oftentimes before you even have the chance to notice. Some termite damage is even irreparable, as they have the ability to compromise structural stability with their insistent chewing. Termites peak season is known as “Swarming season”. This is when they begin to mate and create new colonies; the Swarming season stretches from the end of winter as things begin to thaw out, into late spring when moisture levels are at an all-time high. Luckily enough, there are quite a few things homeowners are able to do to help prevent termites from taking over.
- Keep all plants and shrubs around the outside of your home trimmed. Keeping plants from growing at least 12” from the exterior of your home will help airflow between the plants avoiding any water from pooling.
- Opt for pine needles instead of mulch. Pine needles are much less appetizing to termites compared to mulch, especially when it rains. Pine needles are also a great option to avoid other pests such as ants from nesting in your shrubs.
- Make sure your sprinkler heads are all pointed away from the exterior of your home. This helps keep the foundation from getting unnecessarily wet.
- Taking the time for a little preventative maintenance will pay off in the long run. By properly maintaining the exterior of your homes such as wooden siding or windows, it will decrease the likelihood of water leaking behind your wall and creating an ideal environment for subterranean termites.
- Be careful where you store firewood! Keeping firewood stored at least 20ft from your home is suggested, to avoid attracting any termites.
- Clear out your rain gutters to prevent any buildup which could potentially turn into a leak. Rain gutters should also empty out at least 3ft from the home to avoid any water from pooling up.
- Routinely inspecting your home is the best way to prevent and prematurely catch any kind of termite activity. Most homeowners don’t realize they have a termite problem until it’s too late. Check the foundation of your home for mud tubes (how termites source food) or any areas of your home that you notice any paint bubbles on the walls or even areas that sound hollow when tapped.
What To Do If You Have An Active Termite Infestation
Unfortunately, termite infestations cannot be controlled with any kind of do-it-yourself solution. If you fear your property may have a termite infestation, give us a call as Pest Away Exterminators so we can help determine the extent of the problem and help make a suggestion of the best course of action. Call and get a quote today!Tags: infestation, preventative maintenance, termite activity