Termite control is associated with preventing them from entering indoors and treating their colonies. Here are some tried and tested practices recommended by professional exterminators.
Reducing Soil-to-Wood Contact in the House
The first step of termite prevention is understanding their habitat. Termites prefer areas of contact between soil and wood, and they crawl into the spaces underneath your home.
Entomologists recommend removing all paper, lumber, wood, and cardboard from the home’s foundation and stacking firewood away from the property. Ensure the concrete foundation does not come into contact with the soil. Wooden siding must also rise six inches above the soil. Moreover, wooden fences must be checked for infested or rotten wood.
Putting Plants Away from the Home
Some plants create a pathway for termites, making it difficult to notice the infestation along the wood siding or in your home’s cracked foundation. For improved protection, keep all plants trimmed and place them at a distance of at least 12 inches from your home’s exterior walls.
The grass should also be regularly raked and cut short. Termites find pine needles less appetizing, so you can use them as mulch between the ground and your house. Other non-organic materials include pea gravel.
Reducing Excess Moisture
Water pooling around your home’s foundation or on the roof will create breeding grounds for termites. Moisture problems in crawlspace areas and the basement must be immediately addressed to prevent termite infestation.
Keep an eye out for faulty gutters, broken air conditioner condensation lines, and leaky plumbing, and hire a professional plumber to have them fixed. An in-depth termite inspection will also help prevent the infestation.
Adopting Prevention Techniques
When planning home or garden projects, inspect the lumber for termite infestation. Reach out to your pest management professional for effective prevention techniques such as liquid treatment, direct wood treatment, and monitoring stations.
A termite infestation can harm your health, furniture, and the structure of your home. If you’re looking to book a termite control appointment, get in touch with our professionals at Xterminator Pest Control. Whether you’re looking to get commercial or residential services, we’ve got you covered.
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