Termites aren’t as common as rats and roaches, but termites do cause much more damage than those pests. A group of termites can practically destroy a home from the ground up. They love to chew through wallpaper, wood, and flooring, and are some of the most destructive pests on the planet. Which is why you want to seek termites removal as soon as you even suspect they’re in your home.
Getting Rid of Termites
Professional pest control services are generally the best and only way to rid your home of termites. That’s because even if you see termite damage, you might have no idea how to find the root of the problem.
Termites love to sneak into homes via underground tunnels. These tunnels give termites access to the walls in your home. Finding these tunnels and getting rid of the pests isn’t an easy task.
A professional pest control specialist has access to several termites removal treatments. The appropriate treatment depends on the level of the infestation.
For example, a liquid termiticide is often needed for subterranean termites. This type of treatment places a barrier that prevents termites from entering their colony. But more recently, baits have become popular as a way to kill the entire colony.
For dry wood termites, it’s sometimes best to tent the home. Tenting the home is a process in which the home is covered and fumigated. Unlike subterranean that live in the ground, dry wood termites live in your home full-time. In this case, fumigating the entire home is the best way to get rid of the termites.
A licensed termite removal specialist is your best option for reliably solving your termite problem. But there are steps you can take to decrease the chances of termites invading your home.
Termites can cause major damage. If you suspect your home is invested, it’s best to contact a professional pest control company. But here are some tips for avoiding these annoying pests in the first place.
1. Find and seal any cracks or holes in your home’s exterior. Termites can use holes and cracks as an entry.
2. Store firewood off the ground and at least 15 to 20 feet away from your home.
3. Watch exterior wood areas, such as windows and door frames, for termite damage. Warped door frames and hard to open windows can indicate termite damage.
4. Go easy with the mulch. You might use mulch to nourish your garden, but termites use mulch to nourish themselves. When it comes to mulch, use only what you need. And keep it at least 15 or more inches from your home.
5. Termites need a source of water in order to survive. Deprive them of water and you make it harder for them to thrive. Make sure your property has good drainage that sends water from gutters and downspouts away from the home. If you have an outdoor HVAC system, inspect its condensation lines and other areas that may produce moisture.
6. Maintain a well-ventilated home. Areas of your home, such as the basement, attic, and crawl space should remain dry and well-ventilated.
Get Rid of Termites as Quickly as Possible
Ace Pest Control can help eliminate your termite problem. Contact us to discuss your options and to get a thorough termite inspection.