8 Simple Ways To Protect Your Charlotte Property From Termites
September 18, 2020
How much are you willing to spend on home repairs due to termites? If the answer is less than a few thousand dollars, it’s time to focus on termite prevention. These pests are far more destructive than we often give them credit for. Plus, they are incredibly difficult to get rid of. This means that the best way to stop termites is to prevent them before they get inside.
Termites live in a caste system with workers, soldiers, and alates. In the United States, subterranean termites are the most common and destructive type of termite, though there are several other species such as Formosan termites, dampwood termites, and drywood termites. In this article, we’ll mostly focus on subterranean termites.
These pests can’t survive in the open air, so they build mud tubes to move between their underground nest and their feeding source: wood. They can grow to be about 1/8 an inch and range in color from cream to dark brown.
Irreversible Termite Damage
Termites eat wood and can destroy a structure in record time. Termite damage to your home could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. It’s estimated that Americans spend about five billion dollars a year repairing termite damage.
Best Termite Prevention Tips
It’s safest to prevent termites before they get inside. Here are some important steps you can take today to reduce your risk of an infestation.
Reduce moisture. Termites love moisture, and they have an easier time eating damp wood. This means that to stop them, you need to keep your home dry and well ventilated. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp rooms such as the laundry room, bathrooms, and basement.
Reduce soil-to-wood contact. If you have soil right up against the wood of your home, you’re providing easy access for termites. Instead, try to limit the amount of contact between the wood and soil.
Store your wood properly. The above tip of preventing soil-to-wood contact doesn’t stop at your home. This also goes for firewood or wood debris in your yard. Consider storing firewood on a raised platform and keep it away from your home so it doesn’t attract termites.
Keep your yard clean. Lawn maintenance is important in termite prevention. Debris such as leaf piles, sticks, and logs can all attract termites. Once they come to your yard, they’ll be more likely to find their way into your home as well.
Avoid water accumulation. As you’re clearing your yard of debris, it’s also important to look for places that are accumulating water. If you have puddles or damp spaces, find ways to dry them up to prevent termites.
Repair damaged wood. Termites look for wood that is easier to eat—that is, wood damaged by leaks, rain, or snow. Before heading into winter, check the exterior of your home for any damaged wood and fix as needed.
Ensure proper ventilation. Ventilation is key in controlling the moisture levels inside your home. Make sure that basements, attics, crawl spaces, and garages are well ventilated so that you aren’t preparing the perfect habitat for termites.
Get help at the first sign of termites. If you have any reason to suspect that termites have already gotten into your home, don’t hesitate to get help. Termites are not a pest you can DIY away, and every day that they’re in your home is a day of severe structural damage.
If you aren’t sure where to turn for help with your termite problem, give us a call. Here at Aruza Pest Control, we care about our clients and your Charlotte homes. We’ll act quickly. Termites don’t rest, and we won’t rest either until we know your house is safe. When it comes to termites, prevention is the best approach. But when prevention fails, Aruza Pest Control has your back.