Termites are known to cause significant damage to homes, costing homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. As a homeowner, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent termites from invading your home and to know what to do if an infestation occurs.
The first step in protecting your home from termites is to be able to identify them. There are several types of termites, but the most common are subterranean termites. They are pale in color and range in size from one-eighth of an inch to one inch long. Swarmers, or reproductive termites, have wings and are the termites that are most often seen by homeowners.
There are several steps you can take to prevent termites from infesting your home.
- Reduce moisture levels: Termites are attracted to moist environments, so it is important to reduce moisture levels in and around your home. This can be done by fixing leaky pipes and faucets, ventilating damp areas, and using dehumidifiers if necessary.
- Remove food sources: Termites feed on wood, so it is important to remove any dead trees, stumps, and firewood that are stored near your home. Additionally, keep mulch and other organic matter away from the foundation of your home.
- Inspect your home regularly: Regular inspections of your home can help you detect termites early and take action to prevent infestations. Look for any signs of termite damage, such as hollow wood, cracked or bubbling paint, and mud tubes.
- Seal cracks and crevices: Seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation, as these can provide entry points for termites.
- Get professional help: Consider having a professional termite inspection conducted annually to ensure that your home is free from termites.
If termites have already infested your home, it is important to take action to get rid of them as soon as possible.
- Contact a professional exterminator: The best course of action is to contact a professional exterminator who is trained and equipped to deal with termites.
- Use baits and insecticides: If the infestation is minor, baits and insecticides can be used to eliminate the termites.
- Replace damaged wood: If termites have caused significant damage to the structure of your home, it may be necessary to replace the damaged wood.
- Prevent future infestations: Once the termites have been eliminated, it is important to take steps to prevent future infestations. This can be done by following the prevention tips outlined above.
Termites can cause significant damage to your home, but with the right prevention and extermination techniques, you can protect your home from termites. If you suspect that your home is infested with termites, contact a professional exterminator as soon as possible. At Termite Control Mesa, we are here to help you keep your home free from termites. Contact us today at 480-660-3093 for more information on how we can help protect your home from termites.