Your house experiences a lot of wear and tear over the years. From windstorms to heavy rain, a number of offenders can wreak havoc on your home at any time. One small — but vicious abuser — is often hidden from view, eating away at your home’s foundation from underground or inside the walls. This malevolent menace is the termite, and when termites attack, they leave destruction in their wake.
How can I prevent termite infestations?
- Block access: Seal any potential entry points such as gaps around water and gas lines or areas where wood meets the ground. Make sure wood siding is at least six inches above the ground. One easy method is to apply a fresh coat of paint to wood that may seem tempting to a termite. The paint will seal any cracks and crevices through which pests can enter the home. You may also install bug screens over attic vents.
- Reduce moisture: Do not allow water to collect around the foundation or roof of your home. Leaky plumbing, poor gutters, and air conditioner condensation can cause excess moisture and should be fixed immediately.
- Look for signs: Always inspect any lumber in the surrounding area. Used lumber and railroad ties are especially vulnerable to termite infestation. You may want to install monitoring stations, or use a liquid or direct wood treatment like termiticide.
An infestation spreads quickly, so the termite control process is not easy. The queen termite can lay up to 40,000 eggs per day, expanding her family exponentially. Unfortunately for you, your house is the perfect dining establishment for the whole termite family. An estimated $2 billion is spent each year controlling termite infestations in the United States.
What are my termite control options?
- Chemicals and pesticides: Progress in pest control solutions has made the application of termiticides safer, more targeted, and more effective. Termidor is a pesticide that is totally undetectable to both drywood and subterranean termites. Borate solutions are also used for direct wood treatment.
- Fumigation: Fumigation is the termite control process used when the infestation is too large or widespread to be affected by pesticide treatment.
According to a recent survey, 20% of homeowners say that termites are their primary pest concern. Whether it’s ant, termite, or rodent control, stopping active infestations is not a do-it-yourself kind of job. To guarantee effective results, you should always call you local pest control services provider.