How to Keep Your Home Safe From Termite Infestation
Termites are the small, communal insects that burrow into the wood of homes. Though they can exist in unsettled environments, termite colonies thrive in human structures, where wood is kept dry and warm. Once they infest, termites can destroy a home in a very small amount of time, so it’s worth it for homeowners to make sure they’re keeping their homes as safe from termite infestation as possible.
Wood and Debris
If your home has a lot of timber in it, especially timber that is open to the outdoors and not sheathed in siding or stucco, make sure you keep all natural debris away from it as much as you can. For example, if you use mulch in your landscaping, something that is a natural home for termites, keep it back from your foundation by at least a few feet. Don’t store your firewood next to your home, and clear away any stumps or other dead wood debris from around your home.
Keep Moisture Away from Your Home
Moisture promotes termite growth, and it softens the wood for them. Make sure that your gutters carry all runoff water away from your home, and if your home is on a very flat site, use drain tiles to carry the water away. Do not point your sprinklers towards your foundation, and repair any leaks as soon as you can. These things all attract termites very quickly.
The more dull and musty the air is in a spot, the more likely it is that the space is attractive to termites. If you want to make sure that you’re not creating an ideal space for termites inside your home, make sure that areas like your basement and your attic have great ventilation. Pest Control Technicians serving Lansdale, Pottstown and Downingtown, PA recommend installing fans to move the air in poorly-ventilated spaces, all while maximizing the amount of natural airflow those spaces receive.
Call in an Exterminator
There are far many people who do not notice termites until they spot what they might initially think are winged ants. If you want to make sure that you never have a nasty surprise when you start looking in the unused corners of your home, call in an exterminator for a regular inspection. An exterminator can do a yearly inspection of your home, looking for signs of these damaging intruders. He or she can also help you create a preventative plan for keeping termites out. This is especially important if you live in timbered areas.