Preventing Termite Damage

Nobody wants to deal with termites and the problems and destruction they can pose for your home.  However, it’s a lot easier to actually not end up dealing with termites if you take a few simple steps in order to protect your property.  If you want to take your best shot at preventing termite damage, there are a few things that should rise to the top of your to-do list.

First, since subterranean termites prefer moist wood, you’re going to want to make sure that firewood and any other woods don’t touch the foundation of the home.  Wood should be removed if homes are being built on recently cleared lands.  You’re also going to want to pay close attention to any plumbing problems, and make sure any leaks are taken care of as soon as possible.  You don’t want to end up with rotting, wet wood in the home, attracting termites to set up camp.  Another step in preventing termite damage is treating the ground under and around the house.  Sometimes, this can be easier to do with new construction, but treating underneath the home in addition to around the perimeter is preferred for preventing termite damage.  Wooden supports for the housing should be built on rock or concrete, if possible, and never sit straight on the ground.

If your initial infestation prevention tips don’t work for you, and you’re recognizing some unwelcome, pesky visitors in your home, don’t panic.  Preventing termite damage will be easier the sooner you can identify and locate the termites.  There are specific signs to look for, depending on what kind of termite you’re dealing with.  One indication that you’re dealing with subterranean termites is the mud-like tunnels between the ground and the wood.  An indication that you’re dealing with drywood termites is piles of fecal pellets.  Sometimes, homeowners have to deal with both subterranean and drywood termites at the same time, which means they have to deal with two treatment options at once.

Baits and termiticides are common treatment options, and they can be helpful in maintaining your property and in preventing termite damage.  Baits encourage the termites to eat and spread a poison throughout the colony as the food is passed along, and they are intended to be slow-acting enough to make a difference throughout the colony.  Termiticides are chemical barriers obstructing the termite’s access through the soil.  The termites might think twice about coming to your house, if they have to pass through a chemical barrier to get there.

Annual inspections can be helpful in preventing termite damage, as well.  Regular check-ups for your house can keep its structural integrity intact, and let you live in and enjoy your house.  If you can keep termites and other pests out of your home, you stand a better chance of having your house around for the long-term.  Preventing termite damage can add a lot of life to your home’s lifetime.  Your house is always there to protect you, now you can protect your home.