Termites are one of the most destructive forces in the world, despite their small size. An infestation can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage that can put your family’s health and safety at risk. Whether you’re dealing with an infestation right now or you just want to avoid one in the future, there are preventative steps you can take to steer clear of disaster. Do you have a termite problem right now? Call Termishield in South Bend so our professional pest control experts can take care of it for you.
-Minimize Sources of Moisture
Like many insects, termites thrive off of moisture. This makes it very important to minimize those sources of moisture so they don’t have anything to take advantage of. This includes, but is not limited to, repairing leaky faucets and pipes, fixing exterior air conditioners, and repairing leaking gutters and roofs. Another step you can take to help this is keeping your gutters clear of debris. When gutters are clogged up, water will accumulate and won’t have the ability to flow away from your home. That accumulation of rainwater then becomes a source of moisture for termites looking to survive.
-Keep an Eye on Exterior Wood
As you know, wood is a termite’s favorite meal. If you have wood on the exterior of your home, it’s extremely important for you to keep a close watch on its condition. While you might not notice signs of damage immediately, as termites like to start chewing away from below the surface, you can still find clues that they’re around. For instance, small, pellet-shaped droppings near the wood are a clear indication that you have termites in the area.
-Store Wood Properly
Whether you have a stack of firewood ready for the fireplace or you have lumber, sawdust, or mulch nearby from a project you’re working on, this can act as a buffet for hungry termites. Don’t give them the chance to get close to your home by placing it nearby. It is recommended you keep these items at least 20 feet away from your house. Additionally, if you have any damaged or infested trees in your yard, they should be removed as soon as possible.
-Check Around Regularly
With how quickly termites can do damage, it’s important you stay vigilant with checking around your home. Focus on your foundation and keep an eye out for mud tubes and wings. Mud tubes are created by termites out of their droppings and soil while they are looking around for food. You’re likely to find wings near windows, where they are most likely to shed.
-Schedule Annual Inspections
Unless you’ve been trained, you might not catch some of the more nuanced signs of a termite infestation. Get assistance from a professional pest control expert on an annual basis, as they’ll be better equipped to both identify an infestation as well as treat it to avoid further damage.
For homes in South Bend, Termishield is proud to provide exceptional pest control services. If you have noticed signs of an infestation or you just want some peace of mind, call today to schedule your inspection. We hope to hear from you soon!