How to Prevent Termite Infestations
There are two types of termites, in the broad range of things. First, there are those that feed off moist, rotting wood. Known as wet-wood termites, they aren’t commonly found in newer homes. Dry-wood termites, on the other hand, can be found in nearly any home where the proper termite prevention tactics haven’t been implemented. You need to be able to prevent the spread of both of these pests, before it becomes too late you lose your home as well as your family’s safety and security. Here are a few ways in which you can prevent and control the dreaded white ants.
Seal off any access points that you can see. This includes the gap between mortar and pipe for the points where your water lines enter your home. Seal them off until they are airtight, and you should be quite well-protected. Try to place a white ant bait around your home as well. In addition to this, make sure that you seal off cracks in the exterior wood paneling of the house as well, so as to get rid of the entry points that dry-wood termite use.
The point where wood meets ground is one of the most popular access points for any termites who are looking to enter your house. Try to reduce this as much as possible so that the termites will be spurned. Furthermore, treat all the wood close to the ground with termiticide in order to repel and kill the creepy crawlies. You can reduce the access for wood by putting on fresh paint to fill up the crevices, and installing screens and white ant baits everywhere.
Starve them to death
Look around your home, especially in your crawlspace, and throw out anything you see that might contain extra cellulose. For example, the stuff used in landscaping (called mulch) contains cellulose in high amounts. Replace it with an alternative, or move it away from your foundations.
Make sure that the wooden side panels are at least 6 inches off the ground. In addition to this make sure that everything wooden is moved away for the best termite prevention. This includes things like firewood, dead trees and other dead wood.
Take away moisture
This is extremely important. You have to check around your home to make sure that there isn’t excess moisture pooling up around your foundations or on the shingles of your roof. Go down to your basement as well and check it and the crawlspace for water leaks and moisture problems. In addition to this, check your plumbing to make sure that there aren’t any unwanted leaks in your pipes and air conditioners.
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