The damage termites cause when left to their devices can be devastating. Homeowners pay around $5 billion each year in damage caused by this invasive pest. The problem with this pest is that you could have a full-blown infestation in the structure of your home and not even know it. To help you avoid a termite infestation, A-Tex Pest Management is here to share some tips to keep termites away from your home.
Get Rid of Any Moisture Around Your Home to Prevent Termites
Termites are attracted to water since it is necessary for their survival. If there is any standing water anywhere near your home, they will be more likely to start a colony there. You should always have mulch or soil at least 6-12 inches away from the foundation of your home. Keeping foliage at least three feet away from your home will help keep termites away as well. Your sprinklers should be pointed away from your home to help guard against any water accumulation.
Repair Any Damaged Wood that Attracts Termites
Termites are often attracted to wood that has been damaged by water and has started to rot. This wood is soft and easier to bore into. If you use reclaimed wood for the repairs, you are less likely to have a termite problem due to the hardness of old wood.
Store Firewood Away from Your Home to Keep Termites Out
Firewood is a common food source for termites. It provides them with the food they need and is often near your home so they can easily find water as well. Storing firewood as far away from your home as possible will help you avoid any termite infestation.
Look for Signs of Termite Infestations
You should always be on the lookout for signs that you have a termite problem. Although they can live in your home for a long period of time without being detected, you can see signs of their presence if you are looking for them. Here are a few things to watch out for.
• Mud tubes– Termites use these to get to and from their food source (your home) so watch out for these on the foundation of your home.
• Discarded Wings & Damaged Wood– You should keep your eye on areas like windows, doorframes and skirting boards for any shed termite wings or damage that may indicate a termite problem.
• Termite Droppings– You may find bits and pieces of termites as they shed their exoskeletons while growing. Swarmers will also shed their wings. If you find any of this inside your home, call a professional right away.
Termite Inspections, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park, Texas
Part of safeguarding your home from termite damage is regular termite inspections. The experts at A-Tex Pest Management can give your home a full pest inspection that could end up saving you thousands of dollars in property damage later. If there is any sign of termites anywhere near your home, it is important to act sooner rather than later. We can give you a diagnosis and help treat any termite problems present. Call us today!