One of the most dreaded pests around is the termite. Homeowners fear an infestation because termites can destroy homes or cause damage that’s expensive to repair. Just imagine how much it would cost to replace piers, beams or foundations. Then, there’s pest control to think about. Do you perform the treatment on your own? Do you hire pest control experts? Whichever method you choose, you will need to spend money on treatments. But such expenditures can be avoided if you employ preventive measures to reduce the chances of having a termite infestation.
Here are a few protective techniques that you can consider.
1. Get rid of places that termites will find conducive. In general, termites eat a lot of wood, and they prefer damp wood because it’s softer. Now that you know what these critters like, you should then check your property for areas where there are wet timber and damp or rotting lumber. Look at your yard. Do you see dead tree stumps that are beginning to decompose? Are there leaks or puddles close to wood walls or floors? Is your ceiling leaking? Water from a clogged gutter can cause fluids to back up and moisten ceilings and beams. Just remember that the formula that attracts termites is: wood + moisture. So, try to ensure that wood is protected from wetness.
2. Keep soil away from your main house. Termites travel through the soil. Because of this, they can easily get inside your house if some parts of your home are very near or touching the soil. The main issue that you have to always consider is to ensure that soil does not come in contact with wooden parts of your house. What you can do is to ensure that planters do not touch walls or are not placed on wooden floors. In case you have trellises, trim these regularly. Keep mulch a good two to three feet away from wood too. When watering plants, sprinkle water away and not towards your house.
3. There are also several things that you can do during the construction or pre-construction period in terms of prevention. Termite baiting, for one, is a good way to check if the land where you plan on building a house has termites or not. Use pre-treated wood as well or cover regular wood with chemicals that will make this more termite-resistant. To protect foundations and other parts that touch the ground, the surrounding soil can be chemically treated or wood can be wrapped in a special stainless steel wire mesh that deters the wood borers. There’s so much that you can do to prevent an infestation. Just ask your contractor about what your options are.
4. Be sure to avoid having things near your house that attract termites. Don’t keep firewood on your deck or patio. Termites can easily crawl onto and live in firewood; so it’s better to have this in a shed that’s a distance from the main residence. In case there are wood planks or chips lying around, clean these up. Termites feed on such things so you have to eliminate their food sources.