Termites are persistent pests that can cause extensive damage to your home if left unchecked. They're often underestimated because they fly under the radar and don't make any noise. But termites are one of the most damaging pests in the United States. To help you keep your home safe from termite infestation, here are some ways to do that.
Regularly Inspect Your Home
Inspect your home for signs of termites annually and have an inspector check in places that are difficult to see, like the attic, walls, and basement. If you find evidence of termite infestation, there are treatments available by pest control experts who can help you get rid of the termites before they cause more damage.
Use a residual insecticide on the ground around your home's foundation, especially where pipes or wires enter the house. The insecticide will last for several months and will kill termites that cross the barrier.
Seal Off Any Openings in Your Walls
Termites can enter your home through walls and vent openings. Therefore, Install screens over vents and other spaces in the exterior walls of your house. Also, seal cracks in wood siding with caulk or a sealant before applying paint. Painting your wall will provide an additional barrier and help to keep out other insects and pests.
Control Your Moisture Levels
Moisture is a factor in the development of termite colonies. You can avoid this by regularly checking for leaks, fixing any plumbing issues, or adding gutter guards to your gutters. If you live in an area with high humidity, ensure air conditioners aren't blowing moist air into your home.
Clean the Foundation of Your House
If possible, do this at least once a year. Cleaning your home's foundation will help prevent termites from entering through cracks in the concrete or mortar. Areas with clay soils require installing wire mesh on top and down around any openings where earth meets brick as termites can enter these places.
Trim All Overhanging Tree Branches Near Your House
Trimming trees helps reduce the risk of termites accessing your home through roots or by climbing up a branch and across some trees on their way to your roof. If you have this problem, consider trimming back leaves in these areas, so they don't brush against your house and create a bridge for termites to cross.
There are many ways to keep your home safe from termites. Consider contacting termite control companies to learn how they can help you protect your family and belongings.