Termite are a great threat to any homeowner. These eusocial insects are most commonly found in the springtime, particularly during the mating season.
The most worrisome part is that most signs of termites go unnoticed until a significant damage is done.
Since it is hard to get rid of them without the help of a professional service when they carry out an invasion, it is important to take preventive measures to avoid them.
These ten tips will help you avoid subterranean termites from coming to your house.
1. Get Rid of Scarp Wood and Wood Debris
Some termites like Subterranean termites and Dampwood cannot resist moistures. Scrap wood and wood debris are highly likely to have moisture that can work as perfect hosts for termites. If any scrap wood is connected to the structure of your home, the chances are high that it can act as a bridge to let termites make their way into your home.
Therefore, it is important to make sure that is no scrap wood and wood debris in or around your house.
2. Get Rid of Excess Moisture
As mentioned above, moisture is primarily responsible for attracting termites and other pests into your home. Therefore, it is important to make sure that there is no excess moisture anywhere in your house. Installing a dehumidifier is a great way to get rid of moisture if you live in a humid environment.
3. Fix Water Leaks
Make sure that there are no visible or hidden leaks in your house. Walls with excessive moisture and a decayed roof provide an ideal environment for termites. Therefore, make sure to detect and repair any leaks in your house at first sight. A leakage in the basement can particularly make it vulnerable to a termite control invasion since it is very closer to the ground.
4. Keep Distance Between Wood and Soil
It is important to maintain a certain distance between the wood and soil in your patios and garden. Experts recommend a to keep a distance of at least 12-18 inches. This will help prevent any termite invasion on your house’s foundation and the wooden area. You can use the rocks or cement to keep them separate from each other.
5. Declutter Your House
Get rid of clutter, like old magazines, papers, and old newspapers in your house as they easily attract termites and other pests and provide them an environment to thrive. If termites have invaded one of your rooms, don’t take any stuff from there to other parts of house to prevent them from being affected.
6. Divert Water Away from Your House
Diverting water away from your house is another great terminate control tip. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure that the water is not distributed near foundation. This is so because if it is too close to your foundation, it will create moisture in the ground and make it easier for subterranean termites to carry out an invasion.
7. Place any Infected Item in Sunlight
If you find that a part of furniture has been infected by termites, put it under the sunlight for at least three days. This tip particularly works wonders in the summer season since termites cannot survive the heat.
The heat will kill the termites from the infected furniture, eliminate moisture from it and prevent the infestation from occurring again. Make sure to apply a termite spray on its furniture before binging it back inside the home. Applying a termite spray on the other wooden items of your home can also keep them termite-free.
8. Spray Borate on Wood Prior to Painting
Borate is known as a great termite repellent. It is recommended to use it on window frames, doors and furniture before painting them. This is so because it soaks into all types of woods and prevents the termites from attacking it. You can paint the wood after the spray is dried.
9. Store Firewood Far Away from Your Home
If you use firewood, make sure that it is store at least 20 feet away from your home. This is because firewood provides an ideal environment for Drywood and Dampwood. Also, make sure that firewood does not have a termite infestation before you bring it home.
10. Call a Professional Termite Control Service
While all those DIY tips are great, it is advisable to schedule an inspection with a professional pest control or disinfect spray service to prevent a possible termite invasion.
You can trust Service Square for a reliable and effective termite control service.