While termites are a constant threat, there are steps you can take to protect your home and belongings. Eliminating potentially moist areas, limiting food sources, and being cautious of termite damage signs can help ensure the safety of the structure of your house, as well as the safety of the items in your house.
Eliminate All Moisture Problems that Could Attract Termites
Here are some things to look for in your quest to eliminate moisture problems:
– Repair and seal any leaky faucets and water pipes. Also check your A/C unit
– Divert any water that might be seeping down to your foundation
– Maintain gutters and downspouts and keep all vents open
– Landscape to remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
– Make sure there is no standing water on your roof
Remove Possible Food Sources for Termites
You’ll want to ask yourself if you are creating a food source for termites. And if you are you’ll want to eliminate those. These food sources include any firewood or lumber, stumps or debris near your house. Essentially the wood on your home should not contact the soil because termites are able to create housing “mounds” that allow them to have easy and close access to food sources. If you do have areas where the wood of your house contacts the soil, such as wooden fences or decks, you should check these often for any signs of termite damage.
Termite Warning Signs to Look for
There are some indications you should keep your eyes open for. Swarms of winged insects that are in your home, or that you see in the soil around your home might indicate an infestation. Discarded wings or frass (termite droppings) indicate that termites are living somewhere close. Termites can cause cracked or bubbled paint. Wood that sounds hollow when you tap on it can indicate that drywood termites have set up a home. And lastly, you should keep your eyes out for mud tubes that appear on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in any crawl spaces.
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