The arrival of spring brings warmer weather, flowers, longer days, and termites. The springtime is when termites seek out places to establish new colonies. Any properties that have cellulose or wood components are at risk for infestation. Once an infestation is underway, termites can destroy a home from the inside out without the homeowner being aware that they are there. For this reason, Bay Area pest management company Planet Orange recommends homeowners get a termite inspection to prevent a termite infestation.
According to the NPMA (National Pest Management Association), there are 10 things that homeowners can do to protect their home against termite infestations.
- Termites need moisture to live. Reduce the amount of moisture outside of your home. Direct water and rain away from the home with gutters, splash blocks, and spouts. Use a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of humidity inside of the home.
- Repair or replace any loose or damaged weather stripping around the doors and windows.
- Repair any damaged or rotted roof shingles, foundation mortar, and fascia.
- Regularly inspect the foundation of the home for signs of a termite infestation. Signs include mud tubes, hollow sounding wood, and cracked or bubbled paint.
- Create an 18-inch gap between the soil and your home’s foundation.
- Store mulch at least two- feet away from the home and firewood at least 20-feet away from the home.
- Keep faucets, pipes, AC units, and HVAC appliances from leaking.
- Pay close attention to all of the wooden areas in the home, especially the windows, doorways, paneling, and molding. Most homeowner insurance policies do not cover wood boring damage that is the result of pest infestations.
- Get regular termite inspections. Although termites normally swarm in the spring to look for food and shelter, an infestation can occur at any time. Regular inspections are the key to preventing pest infestations.
- To prevent termites from feasting on your home, the experts at Bay area pest control company recommend using orange oil. Orange oil is an eco-friendly pest control substance that is toxic to termites and nontoxic to humans.
While there are measures that one can take to reduce the risk of termite infestation, those measures will not get rid of a current infestation. The earlier an infestation is detected, the easier it will be to get it under control. If you suspect that there is a termite infestation in your home, do not hesitate to contact your local Bay Area pest control company right away. They can get rid of any current infestation and protect your home against future invasions.