Termites can be a nightmare for homeowners. They can wreak havoc by eating through your house, causing massive destruction before you ever realize that they are there. It’s important that you take proactive steps to keep your house safe. Otherwise, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in damage before you know you have a problem.
The following are some tips to give your home maximum protection against termites:
Eliminate Sources of Food
Termites eat constantly. Searching for food is what brings them to your house, and finding food is what keeps them there. You can keep termites away by eliminating sources of food for them.
Unfortunately, this will not be easy since termites eat wood and your home is made of wood. What you can do is to remove sources of wood from around your property to create a buffer zone. Keep firewood, newspaper, scrap wood, and old branches away from your house. Make sure that any wood near or in your house is treated.
Eliminate Sources of Moisture
Besides food, termites need water. In fact, they need a lot of it since they have hard exoskeletons that do not retain water. Termites will look for environments that are humid or that have steady sources of water.
You can make your home less attractive to termites by getting rid of excess water. Make sure you have no plumbing leaks, and check the ventilation in areas like your crawlspace and attic to ensure that the spaces are not humid.
Shrubs and other plant life may not be a source of food for termites, but they can give termites a way to access your home more easily. You don’t have to make your landscape devoid of greenery, but you should take care to trim bushes and other plants that are close to your home. No branches should be touching your house.
Seal Access Points
Termites around will look for any entry point into your home. Even if you think that you are protected because your home has a concrete slab, termites can still get in through cracks in the foundation. Termites will also enter through cracks in your mortar, vents, cracks in your window and door seals, and more.
Inspect the exterior of your house carefully and seal up any cracks that you find. Be thorough in your inspection since any crack you leave behind can leave an entrance for termites.
Get Regular Inspections
Termites can nest deep within your home. By the time you know they are there, they may have caused extensive damage. The best thing you can do to minimize the damage is to hire a pest control company, such as Alexandria Pest Services, to perform regular termite inspections. The professionals know how to find the termites no matter where they are in your house. The professionals can stop the termites in their tracks and prevent further damage to your home. Don’t wait until you see the signs of damage to take action.
Put these measures in place to give your home maximum protection against termites. You’ll save yourself a lot of money over time, and you’ll give your home a long and healthy life. Plus, you’ll sleep soundly knowing that your house is not crawling with critters. Work closely with a pest control technician to put termite and pest control measures in place to protect your home from termites and other pests that threaten it.
Call Us to Help You Get Rid of Termites or other Pests or Rodents!
At Alexandria Pest Services, our trained professionals will analyze your pest control needs and come up with a personalized plan for your household. Our team of expert technicians will provide a free inspection and work to create a plan to eliminate your pests. At Alexandria Pest Services, we help homeowners just like you get rid of pests in their homes all year round. If you find that you are having a problem with insects or pests, and need an exterminator, call Alexandria Pest Services at 703-923-0925 to schedule a professional evaluation. We can help you get rid of these invaders in your home or office!