Termites are destructive pests that can silently cause damage to your home. The damage they cause can quickly add up in the form of costly home repairs. The ability of termites to cause damages makes it imperative that homeowners have some knowledge about these pests and how to deal with them. The good news is that you can become well versed in understanding what leads to termites and how to protect your home by learning a few straight forward tips.
Keep water issues under control
Termites need water to survive. Subterranean termites need to remain close to moist soil. If you have a leak under your house you can inadvertently create an ideal environment for these pests. The best way to avoid this from becoming an issue is to stay on top of your home maintenance tasks. Keep an eye on your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are directing water away from your house. If you notice an unexpected hike in your water bill it could be an indication that you have a leak in an unseen area. Keeping an eye out for water issues-and addressing them quickly-can help minimize your risk of developing a termite problem.
Get a professional termite inspection even if you do not see signs of an infestation
Termites are often described as ‘silent destroyers’ because of their ability to eat away at the wood of your home unnoticed. They can cause damage under your house and inside your walls that you do not see until it creates secondary damage. By the time you see the secondary damage the primary damage is likely extensive. One way to ensure that there is no termite activity happening at your house is to have a professional termite inspection. A termite inspection will tell you if there is an active infestation, signs of a previous infestation, or signs of termite treatment. The inspector will use his training and expertise to look for signs of activity that you may not be able to recognize with an untrained eye.
Treat your termite issue right the first time
If you discover that you do in fact have a termite problem after getting an inspection it is important that you treat it right the first time. The best way to effectively eradicate termites is to have your home treated by a professional. Termites are notoriously difficult to eradicate using DIY methods. They are often found in areas that are out of the way-such as under your house-or areas that are difficult to access-like inside the walls. A termite professional will have the tools and treatment methods needed to reach termites in these hard-to-reach locations.
Keep these tips in mind as you make a plan to protect your home from termites. These are not complicated tips to remember but they do require some proactive steps on your part. Ultimately, dealing with termites quickly or protecting your home from them to begin with are the two best ways to avoid serious damage to your home.