Top 5 Termite Control and Prevention Tips for Homeowners

None of us like to have pests in our house. But there are definitely some that are more annoying (and problematic) than others. Take termites, for example. Although they are much smaller than flies or roaches, the amount of damage that they can do to our homes can easily cost thousands of dollars. That’s because what they like to feed on is wood and when they get ahold of the wooden structures in various rooms of our house, it can lead to disastrous results.

So, in the effort to help you control and prevent termites from infesting your house, we wanted to provide you with five tips on how to do just that below:

Pay attention to the wood around your home. Being that termites look at wood as a feast, you want to make sure that you do all that you can to keep things like firewood and scrap wood far from your home. So, if you happen to be someone who stores up wood for the winter, keep it several feet away from your house. And if you tend to keep scrap wood in the storage space under your home, you might want to consider putting it elsewhere.

Look for standing water and signs of moisture. Something else that termites thrive off of is water. That’s why it’s imperative that you check once or twice a month for indications of there being any standing water around the foundation or crawlspace of your house. This is why it’s also essential that you keep your gutters cleaned out and that if you do happen to see evidence of water damage, you contact a professional to inspect the space just as soon as possible.

Check the flashing around your windows and doors. Speaking of termites and moisture, another place where water can easily build up is around the flashing on your windows and doors, especially if you happen to live in a climate that gets a lot of rain. When your flashing is damaged, it can cause rain water to seep in and bring moisture to the wood around it. It only takes a couple of minutes to look them over so try and do that about once a month.

Add some pea gravel. Here’s a helpful tip. One thing that termites don’t like is pea gravel. Therefore, if you put some around 8-10 inches around the foundation of your house, that can definitely help to keep them at arm’s length (relatively speaking).

Have your home professionally inspected once a year. You don’t want to wait until termites have already started chipping away at the wood in your home before you do anything about it. A preventative measure that you can take is to hire a professional company likeĀ Forsyth exterminating (or one that is closer to where you live) to look through your house to see if there are any signs of termites inside of it. By following this one tip alone, you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run. And that’s always a good thing; especially when it comes to avoiding termites.

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