How To Prevent Termites

Termites are a unique type of pest, in that they can cause actual structural damage to items in your home by eating away at the wood itself. If you do have a termite infestation, not only can they be hard to remove, but the damage that they cause can prove to be extremely expensive to fix. Thankfully, there are a number of steps that you can take to help prevent a termite infestation from taking hold of your house.

Preventing Termite Infestations

  • Firewood Storage: If you have a wood burning stove or furnace in your home, it's a good idea to store firewood far away from your house. Additionally, you should take care to knock logs and pieces of wood against a hard surface before bringing them into your home to ensure that they are not infested, and leave them outside if they are.
  • Avoid Individual Killings: If you do notice a termite in your home, don't kill it. Instead, track it in an attempt to find a nest or larger source of infestation. Avoid destroying nests directly, as this can cause the insects to panic and spread throughout your home. Instead, call a professional immediately to have them completely eradicated.
  • Ensure Proper Ventilation: Especially for areas that are out of direct sight, it's a really good idea to ensure that your entire home has proper ventilation. This helps prevent the buildup of moisture and damp spots, which can attract termites and provide the perfect breeding ground for them to inhabit. You should also inspect your plumbing for any signs of leaks, as small water leaks can cause a number of problems in addition to encouraging a pest infestation.
  • Look for Signs: You should inspect exposed wooden structures within your home for signs of termite activity or damage. Additionally, you can listen next to these structures – though quiet, it is possible to hear termites munching away at wood if there isn't any ambient noise around you. If you see or hear anything, you need to call a professional exterminator, like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control, immediately to clear out your home.
  • Clear Organic Buildup: It's a good idea to remove any organic buildup, like decaying leaves, mulch, scrap wood, or other materials which may have built up close to the side of your home. These materials provide the ideal breeding ground for termites to build their nests and breed, and should be kept as far away from the sides of your house as possible.