Have you noticed that something is eating away at your wood in and around your home? If you have or have ever had termites, you know that is not a bug you want to have messing with your home. it can do serious damage. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to give you some ideas on how to help prevent subterranean termites from getting into your home.
Remove Ground Contact Lumber
Subterranean Termites build mud tubes so they can get from one location to another. By doing this they can get where the wood is and start eating it. If you have termites you need to prevent them from getting to your home you will want a soil pest sealing. This sealing will seal gaps around where water and gas lines are entering the home. Make sure you reduce wood to ground contact, this will make it harder for the termites to get to the wood. If you have wood on or around your house like wood siding, you will want it at least 6” above the ground.
Reduce Termite Food Sources
If you want to kill something off you need to get rid of its food source. You can help reduce the termite’s food source by replacing your landscaping mulch with cellulose free alternatives. Gravel, rock, rubber mulch, etc. are all great changes you can make to get rid of mulch that they can tunnel through to get to your house. If you don’t want to do any of those then you can move the mulch back at least 6″ from the foundation. This will make it harder for them to get to your house.
Does Moisture Attract Termites?
These types of termites like moisture. Reducing the amount of water around your home will really help. They won’t be as happy living there if it is not moist. Make sure you don’t have water pooling around the foundation. You don’t want the ground around your home constantly wet. If you have any leaks in your plumbing, faulty gutters, or anything that is causing moisture on your property you will want to address that. These type of termites like a moist place to live and build their mud tubes. When you fix the problems, it will help get rid of the termites.
Monitor Termite Activity
Life can be too busy to go out and check for termites, but you don’t want to have them destroy your property and not even realize it. When you hire a professional like All-Rite Pest Control they will come and do an annual termite inspection. You can also ask about professional prevention techniques such as termite monitoring stations.
This can help save your home from termites.
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Don’t let your home have termites when you can help prevent it. Doing these few things can help prevent subterranean termites. If you have a suspicion that you have termites then give A Five Star Termite & Pest Control a call and they will come help get rid of those pests from your home.