Termites are of different kinds and they have varying needs. Some enjoy damp environments, while some like it dry and humid. And our homes are often a paradise for these little pests. Whether you’ve bought a new home or you have been living on the same property for years together, termite inspections are a must to identify if your home has been damaged by these little creatures.
Cracked windows, old concrete walls, abandoned timber, damped wood are all a great way for termites to start feeding off of your property. Some termite infestations are terrible to the extent that they start showing up in your living space. And this is a huge warning sign for you to seek help from pest control since they can aggressively start tampering with your day-to-day life.
Imagine waking up in the morning and being frightened by mud tubes all around your kitchen windows or your freshly painted living room wall. Having breakfast with your loved ones is not going to seem as fun anymore. Because apparently, you have let unwanted guests in and they’re not going anywhere unless you seek professional help.
So what can you really do about it? Let’s find out.
How to Prevent Termites from Damaging Your Home?
Homeowners should take termite inspections very seriously. They can significantly save you from expensive treatments that do take a while before your home is completely exterminated.
Here’s a checklist for you to identify which category of homeowners you fall under:
- Termite Prevention before Building a Home
While not always possible, the best termite prevention begins at the planning stages all through the construction of your home. To ensure termites do not enter your home, a Basaltic Termite Barrier made of rock particles is packed tightly beneath your home. Termite mesh, a stainless steel screen with small holes is often used as cold joints in concrete.
- Termite Prevention in Existing Homes
Homeowners can do a lot of things to save their termite-infested home from being damaged any further. Start by removing wood, lumber, plants, paper, mulch, and cardboard, etc around the foundation. Create a 4-inch obstacle between the mulch and your home. If achievable, allow just the concrete foundation to touch the soil, with sides starting at 6-inches above the soil. Also, keep all your plants away from your home for effective termite prevention.
How to Prevent Subterranean Termite Infestations
How to Prevent Drywood Termite Infestations
- Look out for mud tubes, fallen termite wings, or decayed wood in your home.
- Keep shrubs, and mulch 2 feet away from the structure of your home.
- Keep soil 6 inches away from the bottom of your home as well as the sides.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean.
- Trim bushes, shrubs, and all other dense greenery to prevent them from touching the side of your home or structure.
- Do not leave firewood around as they attract termites. If you still need to keep firewood, make sure they are raised above the ground and protected from water.
- Remove tree stumps, lumber, and other kinds of loose wood that may be lying in the perimeter of your home.
If you have been struggling with a termite infestation, you will never have to worry about these pests again! Take Care Termite provides a comprehensive solution for termite damage repair and if you want to know what exterminators check during a treatment, call us at (209) 832-7300 to have your queries answered.