Although termites are individually just small winged insects, when they group to form a colony, they can do some major structural damage to your home. For this reason, it is vital to take proactive steps as a homeowner to prevent a termite infestation in your house.
To this end, here are some termite control tips you can use:
Tip: Proactively Manage the Exterior of Your Home to Prevent Termite Infestations
Termites need both cellulose fiber to eat and water to drink to support a colony. They cannot live in places where these two things aren't both present. While you can't do much about the wood in your home, you can do a lot to control moisture.
To keep termites from being attracted to the foundation of your home, it's important to keep water away and keep the area as dry as possible.
To do so, make sure you:
- Don't plant shrubs or trees right next to your home
- Keep the foundation vents free from obstruction
- Fix exterior water leaks as soon as possible
- Fill foundation cracks with caulking, cement, or grout
In addition, you need to ensure water drains away from the foundation. If not, it will sit around the perimeter of your home and this is an attractant for termites.
Tip: Never Store Firewood Near Your Home
Termites feed on the cellulose in wood. This includes the wood you pile up and store for winter heating.
While it is not as convenient to build a firewood storage pile a fair distance from your home, this is exactly what you need to do!
To termites, a firewood pile represents a feast of food that is easy to access. Since you can't completely prevent termites from getting into the firewood, you should store it as far away from your home as possible. This ensures any termites that find the firewood stay there and don't migrate to your home.
Tip: Have Your Property Professionally Inspected on a Regular Basis
Since you aren't a termite control professional, it is vital you have your property regularly inspected by one. Treating smaller termite problems is always cheaper and easier than waiting until they have colonized your property.
If you live in an area prone to termite infestation, then the inspections should be much more frequent than if your property is located in an area not known for termite problems.
For example, properties in termite-prone areas should be inspected every couple of years while those located outside of areas known for termites can be inspected every decade.
Contact a termite control service for more information.