How to Keep Your Home Safe From Termites

To maintain structural stability & avoid unnecessary expenditure on home repairs, it is necessary to take preventive measures to keep termites away.

termites eating wood

Termites are silent destroyers and can chew away your flooring, wallpaper and wood without being detected. Discarded wings lying near the door or windowsills are signs of the presence of termites.

These pests are found in 70% of countries all over the world and every year they damage an estimated $5 billion worth of property.

Common Species of Termites

Drywood Termites – They infest dry wood like the attic framings. They do not need to have any contact with soil. These type of termites typically gain access through small holes. Therefore, you should seal all crevices and cracks in a structure.

Dampwood Termites – These termites need higher humidity and constant contact with water. They are mostly found in structures which have a direct wood to water contact, like wooden siding or a leaky roof, and in trees.

Formosan Termites – These are the most aggressive, devious and voracious type of termites. They have vast underground colonies and build intricate mud nests in the structure. It is extremely difficult to get rid of them.

Subterranean Termites – They live in moist secluded places above the ground or in underground colonies. There can be up to 2 million termites in one place. In order to protect themselves from the open air and to gain access to food, they build mud tubes. They are the most destructive type of termites. They eat non-stop, 24 hours a day. This eating habit can have a serious impact on the structural stability of the building if they chew away the support beams.

Preventive Measures

In order to maintain the structural stability of your house and avoid unnecessary expenditure on home repairs, it is necessary to take some preventive measures to keep the termites away.

  • See to it that all the crawl spaces, attics and basements are dry and ventilated properly.
  • Make sure that all the holes and cracks on the outer side of the building including the entry points for pipes and utilities are sealed.
  • Do not delay in repairing leaking faucets, AC units and water pipes on the outer side of the house.
  • Repair any rotted roof shingles.
  • Store firewood 5 inches above the ground and at a minimum distance of 20 feet from the house.
  • Replace the weather stripping.
  • Check the foundation of your house regularly. Look for mud tubes, and bubbling or cracked paint. Tap the wood and see if it sounds hollow.
  • Channel the water away from your building by using downspouts, splash blocks and gutters.
  • Keep a watch on all the exterior areas of wood including skirting boards, door frames and windows and see if there are any obvious changes.
  • Keep a distance of at least 15 inches between mulch and the foundation of your home.

If you find that there is a termite problem seek the assistance of a trusted pest control company. Give B & D Pest Solutions LLC a call 24/7 at (855) 682-2855.

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