Termites are concerning to any homeowner. A termite infestation can be a destructive and costly problem, and the damage is generally not covered by homeowners insurance. Fortunately, there are ways to make your property less appealing and help prevent termites in your home.
Why It Is Important to Prevent Termites in Your Home
Termites have the potential to cause significant damage to decking, structural supports, sheetrock, and particle board. Termites are responsible for over a billion dollars in damages to American homes each year. Termite colonies can be made up of 60,000 insects with voracious appetites for the materials in your home.
Prevent Termites in Your Home By Sealing it Up
Termites sometimes get into your house through tiny cracks or gaps. One of the best tips to prevent termites from accessing your home is to seal up cracks and crevices in your foundation, basement, roof, eaves, and siding. Subterranean termites usually enter a home near ground level. These termites may build mud tubes to access entry points above the ground.
Remove Termite Food Sources
To avoid a termite infestation, it is important to remove food sources that attract them from your yard. Termites are detritivores, so they feed on organic materials like dead plants and trees. To prevent termites, keep mulch away from your home’s foundation, remove dead tree trunks, trim trees and bushes, and store any firewood off the ground and away from your home.
Hire a Termite Inspector
An important step in protecting your home from termites is to call a professional. Ordering a wood-destroying insect inspection can help you prevent a serious termite infestation by catching it early. It also means having the expertise of a professional who will offer advice on all wood-destroying organisms, including termites.