Everybody knows how termites can eat up anything, if left undetected, from wooden fences, floors, posts, beams and almost all wooden parts of a house, which can eventually compromise the structural integrity of the house and eventually leading to irreparable damage, and can costs homeowners their fortune in repairs. Slowly but surely these subterranean creatures are indeed very destructive if left unattended and undetected, far more greater than any devastating experience that any homeowner can have.
Termites can attack newly built homes and existing ones devouring wooden parts from the inside silently without any sign of their presence save for the hollowing of the material, noticeable only in the late stage of deterioration of the material. And, termite damage is not covered by homeowner’s insurance and should therefore be given great consideration by the homeowner so that he can make the necessary measures to protect his home from termites.
Termite experts have come out with preventive measures that can help homeowners protect heir homes from termite attack; as a homeowner you can protect your home from these devastating creatures by following these measures:
Do away with wood contact with the ground. All wood that is part of the home should be at least six inches above the ground, though up to 18 inches is ideal. Do not provide termites with easy access to your home by having direct wood-to-soil contact of wood siding, porch steps, latticework, posts, etc. Also, do not place firewood against your home and use mulch moderately.
Check moisture accumulation near the foundation. Termites are attracted to moisture; it is important to keep water away from the foundation. Leaky water pipes and air conditioning units should be repaired; gutters, splash blocks and downspouts kept in good condition; and the ground next to the foundation should slant away from the house, if possible.
Lower humidity in crawl spaces. Make sure that there is proper ventilation in crawl spaces and keep shrubs and other growths from blocking the vents.
Hire a licensed pest management professional and schedule periodic home inspections by a professional pest control company.
Termites are a significant problem, and they will always be, in the U.S. and elsewhere and though there are certain measures to rid a house of termites, the best time to protect a home against termites is before it is built. Termites have cause billions of dollars in damage each year. Any time buildings may become infested; it is of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale; that is why this is one good reason why you should have your home protected from termites in case selling your home comes into the picture. And, nobody will buy a house infested with termites.
Your home is your biggest investment that you ever made and it is but just right to protect. If you insure your car against damage, all the more reason why you should make sure your home is protected from termites also.
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