Springtime is here. The beginning of sunshine and blooming flowers also brings in those unwanted spring pests like termites. Spring is the time of year when termites appear from hibernation to mate and create their colonies. Termites can be devastating to a home. They have the ability to chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper, most often undetected. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that termites do an estimated $5 billion of property damage each year.
Once termites have invaded your home, you will need the assistance of a professional pest control expert like Budget Pest Control to conduct a thorough inspection and get you set up with a comprehensive treatment plan. However, there are steps you can take to prevent these pests from invading in the first place. Here are some tips to prevent termites from damaging your home.
Termites need moisture to flourish. Eliminate moisture from in and around your home to help keep termites away. Make sure water does not pool around the foundation of your home or on your roof. Look for moisture problems in your basement and crawl spaces. Repair leaky plumbing, damaged or faulty gutters, and dripping air conditioning lines.
Termites can use areas of disrepair to get into your home. Make sure to repair damaged or rotted roof shingles, fascia and soffits. Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around your foundation and windows. Seal gaps around water and gas lines where they enter your home to prevent access through these entry points. Seal all cracks, crevices, and joints in your exterior wood to prevent entry. Apply a fresh coat of paint which can seal even the smallest crevices in your wood. Install bug screens over attic and foundation vents. Maintain at least an 18 inch gap between the soil and any wood portions of your home.
Eliminate Food Sources
Get rid of any extra sugar containing materials you have stored in your home. Make sure wooden siding is at least 6 inches above the ground. Remove dead trees, firewood, and any other deadwood that can house termites. Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home.
Prevention and Inspection
Keeping a close eye on your home is a crucial way to catch damage early before it has a chance to spread throughout your entire home. Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes, which are used by termites to reach a food source. Check for signs of cracked or bubbling paint. Tap on wood and listen for a hollow sound. Inspect all exterior wood including windows, door frames, and skirting for any noticeable changes or damage. Also make sure to inspect any new wood you are bringing into your home for projects, especially used lumber and railroad ties.
Call The Professionals
Most insect damage from termites is not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies. Consider scheduling an annual inspection with a certified pest control professional like Budget Pest Control Services. The pest control professionals can address areas of concern around your home, such as those mentioned earlier to include areas of excess moisture, cracks and crevices, damaged wood, etc. Your pest control professional can also determine what types of preventative measures will be most effective, such as direct wood treatment, bait and monitoring, etc. They will also be able to treat your home should they find evidence of an existing termite infestation.
The termite exterminators at Budget Pest Control know how upsetting it can be to discover an infestation. Contact Budget Pest Control today for a free estimate or more details. 412-318-4912. Contact our team today to see how we can keep you termite-free all year long.