No one wants pests in their house, especially a termite infestation. Termites are incredibly destructive—it is estimated that they cause nearly $5 billion in damages nationwide each year. A queen termite can lay thousands of eggs at a time, so it does not take long for a termite colony to grow to a large size after infesting a home.
In North Carolina, the biggest problem is with subterranean termites, which normally live underground before coming into contact with a building that can serve as a food source. Use the following tips to help prevent subterranean termites from infesting your home:
Subterranean termites require moisture in order to survive and reproduce. If you want to help make your home less desirable for termites, make sure that you eliminate all sources of moisture. It is very important to ensure that the area around your foundation stays dry; keep your gutters clean, check your downspouts to ensure that they are diverting water from the roof, and keep the soil around your foundation properly graded so rainwater drains away from your home.
It is also essential to promptly repair leaks inside your home. A dripping pipe under your kitchen sink or a leak somewhere in your bathroom can provide termites with the water that they need to survive and thrive. Repairing leaks quickly is also a good idea if you want to prevent other types of pests from infesting your home.
Keep Wood Away From Your Home
Termites are considered detritivores, meaning that they live off of cellulose, an organic fiber, which is found in wood and dead plants. These tiny pests are very adept at finding sources of food, but an easy way to help ensure that termites do not begin feeding on the wood structure of your house is by keeping all wood as far away from your home as possible.
Never stack scrap wood or fire wood adjacent to an exterior wall of your home. Doing so can give subterranean termites easy access into your house. It is also a good idea to refrain from planting bushes or vines near the foundation of your home; if you choose to do so, make sure you immediately remove any plants that die before they become a good food source for termites.
Make It Hard for Termites to Access Your House
As a homeowner, take the time to examine the perimeter of your house on a regular basis. Since termites are so small, they can fit through tiny cracks and holes as they make their way into your home. Make sure that all holes and cracks are tightly sealed.
It is also important to ensure that there are no small openings around pipes or utility lines going into your house. These areas should also be sealed as well as possible to prohibit an easy access point for termites.
Regular Termite Treatments
While there are a number of things that you can do to help prevent subterranean termites from infesting your home, the greatest level of protection comes from having regular termite treatments by a reputable pest control company that is experienced in both preventing and eradicating termites.
Pest control companies treat the soil surrounding a home with effective termiticides that help keep termites off of the lot and away from a home and other wood structures on a lot. In most cases, termiticides are effective for at least 5 years after they are applied to the soil. If your last preventative termite treatment was more than 5 years ago, it is a good idea to have a pest control company do an inspection to see if there are any signs of termite activity.
A termite infestation can be a nightmare to deal with—we invite you to contact Canady & Son Exterminating LLCtoday to schedule a preventative treatment today!