You’ve heard it before: termites are the number one threat to your home and your bank account. Termites cause roughly $5 billion in damage every year, and a single infestation in your house can cost you $8,000. And termites don’t take a break, they are active year-round.
There are several types of termites living in this area. By understanding their habitats and knowing what to look for, you can more effectively prevent them — or recognize when you need to call us.
Termites most commonly feed on cellulose materials, which includes wood, paper, cardboard or even cloth and carpet. They thrive in places that are moist and have damp wood. Reducing the moisture under and around your home is a great way to reduce the possibility of an infestation.
Here are some other prevention tips:
- Repair plumbing leaks.
- Make sure gutters and downspouts are not clogged or damaged and are directing water away from the foundation. Install gutters if you don’t have them.
- Point sprinklers away from your foundation.
- Prevent any pooling water next to your foundation by re-grading the soil so that water flows away from your house, or install a drainage system like a French drain.
- Keep your roof in good shape and free of leaks.
- Repair and replace damaged siding and flashing.
- Store firewood, scrap lumber, or any other wooden products as far from your house as possible.
- Do not use an excessive amount of mulch or pine straw around the foundation.
- Trim any adjacent bushes and trees.
- Make sure your crawlspace has adequate ventilation and a moisture barrier, like the kind offered through our Humidi-Seal system.
- Do not store wood or anything containing cellulose in your crawlspace.
We encourage you to be aware and keep an eye out for potential termite infestations.
- Look for signs of termites on your foundation, porches, fences and any stored lumber.
- Look for mud tubes where your foundation meets the soil.
- Look for discarded wings near windows or doors
Despite your best efforts at prevention, you can still end up with termites in your home. When you do, give us a call. With our industry-leading methods and expertise, you’re in good hands, even with the worst infestation. We offer the most complete solutions and protection plans, including conventional liquid chemical barrier treatment and our advanced termite baiting.