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Protecting Your Home from Termites

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
You can avoid the risk of termite infestation in your home by following some guidelines. The Entomology Department frequently receives calls from homeowners who want to know ways of protecting your home from termite attack.

Amazingly, termites are brilliant creatures and efficient prevention is important to protect your home against them. You can determine termite infestation when you notice small mud tubes, crumbling drywall, small wood holes and insectís wings on windowsills. Contact a termite professional immediately once you noticed these things. Nevertheless, there are some ways that you can do to protect your home from termites.

  1. Set up a regular inspection done by a licensed pest professional. He or she can go through your home and determine termite presence in your home. Even if there are no termites found, you should have your home treated to prevent it from attacking your home.

  2. As much as possible, eradicate wood contact with the ground. Store and raise firewood and lumber six feet above ground and way from any crawl space and the home foundation.

  3. Do not let moisture build up near the foundation since moisture attracts termites and are likely to take aim on the structure if the soil around it is often humid. In homes with poor drainage, it might be good to consider installing tiles or drains. Lessen water puddling close to the foundation by adjusting the irrigation systems and lawn sprinklers.

  4. Remove trees and tree stumps already infested with termites and replaced or repair leaking water lines, faucets and sprinklers as soon as possible.

  5. Do not store lumber, firewood and other wood fragments in the crawl space. This attracts termites and will serve as food source for them. These also serve as a hidden entry to the home structure.

  6. Remove moisture in crawl spaces by installing four to six ml. of polyethylene sheeting over seventy-five percent of the soil surfaces. The cove will serve as a vapor block to lessen soil evaporation and condensation of moisture on the subflooring and joists. Many pest control companies to prevent termite infestation use vents and vapor barriers.

  7. Although mulch is usually used for art and plant health benefits, you should use it sparingly since too much and improper use can contribute in termite problems because termites are naturally drawn my mulch due to its moisture-retaining qualities. Applying two to three inches of mulch should be appropriate and avoid contact with framing and wood siding on windows and doors.

  8. The best way to prevent termite from attacking is to get the structure professionally treated by a pest control company. Remember that your home has several openings that serve as the main entry of termites. Getting your home treated is a good investment and protects your home for many years.

  9. Steer clear of messing up the termite colonies that you find near your home by using bug sprays. This will only make the situation worst by prompting termites to move inside your home. If you find a termite colony nearby, call the pest control services immediately.
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