It’s the time of year when the termite swarms, which can cause major problems for homeowners. These pests are capable of causing serious damage to your house, furniture, and other structures. This can lead to expensive repairs. Take preventative measures this spring to avoid termite invasions.
Keep termite problems at bay with these five tips:
1. Keep Wood away from Your Home
Wood is a natural attractant for termites, so any wooden structures near your home could be an invitation to them.
To prevent a termite infestation, store old furniture and untreated wood away from your house. Keep them away from your home at least five feet. The further the better. Avoid stacking wood near your house’s foundation or against the exterior walls.
Consider getting rid of any wooden furniture or structures that you don’t use or storing them as far from your house as possible.
2. Mitigate Moisture Levels
Keep moisture under control in your home and surrounding areas. Termites love moist environments. Make sure that your gutters and drains are working properly and that they direct water away from your home’s base. Check for leaks and standing water around the foundation of your house or crawlspace. Fix them immediately to avoid creating the ideal environment for termites. When it comes to termite control, it is important to have good ventilation in your attic, basement, or crawlspace.
3. Seal any cracks or holes in your home’s exterior
One important pest control tip is to seal any cracks or holes on the exterior of your home to prevent termites from entering. Seal any holes or cracks in the foundation, walls, and roof. Use silicone-based caulk or other products. Check your home’s exterior periodically to find any cracks or holes in the siding that require sealing.
4. Avoid Excessive Mulch Use
Mulch helps retain moisture in the garden but can also attract pests. Use a small amount of mulch to cover the foundation of your home. This will help keep it moist and attractive to termites. If you do use mulch, keep it at least five feet away from the foundation of your home (just as with any other wood material).
5. Regularly schedule termite inspections
Regular termite checks can help you identify any termite activity before it becomes an issue. Schedule a professional inspection of your home every year or so to make sure it is free from termites.
Pest control experts can detect any termite activity and will recommend measures to prevent damage or future infestations. Call Zap Pest Control Inc. now.
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