Termites: Avoid these nasty little pests
These tiny little pests can create a world of problems in your home. When you purchase a home, a thorough home inspection should reveal if there is a possibility of an infestation of termites. However, there are some things you can do to prevent these pests from infiltrating the wood in your home.
Trees, brush, mulch and firewood
One of the first things you should check on your property is where the possibility of trees or brush growing near your foundation. Trimming can help prevent termites from getting into your foundation. For a homeowner who is using mulch, make sure it is kept away from the home’s foundation. Firewood should always be stacked away from the home and preferably off the ground to prevent these pests from infesting wood you will be carrying into your home.
Avoiding water issues
Property should have a sufficient drainage system to avoid water building up, especially close to the foundation of the property. In addition, the attic of the home should be well ventilated to avoid moisture buildup. If your home has a crawl-space or basement, you should make sure there are no leaks that would allow water in which could cause an infestation. Check the property foundation regularly for holes and make sure they are patched; this will ensure there is no easy entry point.
Siding and decorative items
These little bugs will be more than happy to hide in places where you may not think to look. Homeowner’s who are considering a trellis or other decorative wooden item near the home should reconsider and move it away from the home’s exterior walls. In addition, siding of any type should be a minimum of six inches away from the ground.
Leaks and clogs
One area that is often overlooked is gutters and water lines. Homeowners should ensure gutters are free of debris to avoid providing a home for termites to set up a nest. In addition, water pipes should be checked regularly for leaks as pooled water will also attract these pests.
A termite infestation could result in the structure of your home being damaged permanently. Taking the time to monitor property for potentially attractive spots for termites could make the difference between avoiding damage and keeping your property safe from an infestation. Homeowners should conduct visual checks at least annually for signs of infestation.
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