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Guide To Keeping Termites Out

termite control for homeownersMost people are too caught up in their day-to-day lives to worry about pest infestations, but they are much more common than you would think. One of the most common and fastest spreading infestations is termites. Considering that queens of certain termite species lay up to 40,000 eggs per day, it doesn’t give you much time to take action once an infestation occurs. 20% of homeowners claim that termites are their main concern when it comes to pests. Here are some quick and easy household pest control methods regarding termite control for homeowners.

First, one of the most common places for termites to enter your home is through the roof. Check frequently for any broken roof tiles and repair them as soon as possible. Also, be sure to check for dampness, and use a dehumidifier if necessary. Termites are drawn to areas with excess moisture.

If you have an attic with wooden beams, it’s a good idea to feel them often to make sure they’re not spongy. This can be done by firmly pressing your thumb against the wood. If it feels soft or spongy, it can be a red flag. If you’re concerned, apply a termite treatment spray or call an exterminator.

Another major area of interest when it comes to termite control for homeowners is cardboard boxes. Most people have tons of these lying around, but they don’t realize that they can be a huge target for termites. It’s a much better idea to store your belongings in large plastic tote bins with lids. They’ll keep your things much drier, safer and free of dust.

Finally, a major attraction for termites is wooden flooring. It may not seem like it, but termites can easily make their way into your home if your wooden flooring is closed to the ground. Check often for termite damage. Additionally, if you’re considering installing a new wooden floor, you may want to look into installing a termite barrier underneath to alleviate the risk of termite infestation.

Overall, there are countless ways that termites can make their way into your home. While taking precautions is always a good idea, it’s important to know when the standard pest control process just won’t cut it and it’s time to call an exterminator. On top of doing frequent maintenance checks, follow your gut instinct and don’t be afraid to reach out to an exterminator or termite control services if you feel unsure.

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