Do you ever wander if your home has termite damage? After doing some investigative work Pest Control Pros looked into signs your house might have termite damage. Rodale’s Organic Life published a article that we had the pleasure to read about and felt it was necessary to publish it on our blog. Here is the source of the article 6 sign your house has termite damage and what to do about it.
Signs your House Might Have Termite Damage.
HOW TO PREVENT TERMITES IN THE FIRST PLACE
Ideally, the first step you should take to get rid of termites is to keep them out in the first place.
The first tip off that you could be headed for a termite problem is the presence of termite swarmers flying near your windows and leaving discarded wings behind. Spring and fall are the main times that termites swarm, and dry wood termites typically do so on very warm, sunny days. Subterranean termites will be on the move after early seasonal rains, when the upper layers of soil are loosened. However, termites are active all year round, so keep an eye out for them in the summer and winter, too.
To keep them from swarming into your house take these precautions:
? Schedule a termite check with a pest control expert every 2-3 years, as termites can do appreciable damage within 2 years.
? Stop up any leaks in your plumbing (subterranean termites love moisture).
? Fill in all cracks in your foundation, concrete, masonry work, and around your roof.
? Avoid moisture accumulation around the foundation of your home. Keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris and working smoothly. When watering flowerbeds alongside your house, try not to get stucco or wood siding wet.
? Keep foundation air vents fully exposed (not overgrown with shrubbery) to keep moisture down.
? Fix broken or waterlogged roof tiles, which act as an entry point for both moisture and termites.
? Make sure no wood on your house is in direct contact with soil. There should be at least an 18-inch gap (typically concrete) between the ground and any wood.
? Consider a termite baiting system, which can be installed in the ground around your home. This involves a series of “traps” that hold food, like cardboard, that’s been laced with a slow-acting substance lethal to termites. The poison is only introduced once the presence of termites is detected. You can use a baiting system to keep more termites from entering your home if you already have an infestation or as a preventative measure, especially if you’ve had termite trouble in the past.
Call us if you are still having problem with termites in your home or business. (916) 378-5102