Tips For Preventing A Residential Termite Infestation

Posted on: 2 February 2017

If you are a homeowner in an area where termites are a threat to your home, then it is important that you understand how to prevent them from infesting it. A termite infestation can cause devastating and expensive damage to your home in a very short period of time. To avoid this fate, follow these tips:

Tip: Keep All Wood Off of the Ground

Termites feed on the cellulose fibers in wood. For this reason, half of the battle with termites is eliminating their food sources. If the termites don't have anything to eat on your property, then they will go elsewhere.

While it is impossible to remove all wood from your home, especially since your home is likely made of wood, it is important to manage the other wood products on your property. You can do so by taking each of these actions:

  • not using wood mulch in your landscaping
  • keeping your firewood pile off of the ground
  • removing dead trees and plants

In addition, you should always keep your home well painted and fix any areas of bare wood as soon as possible. 

Tip: Eliminate All Sources of Unnecessary Moisture

The second half of the battle with termites is to remove their water sources. Just as termites need cellulose to feed on, so too do they need water for hydration. If there is no water available for the termites to drink, then they will leave the area.

You can remove the unnecessary moisture from your property by:

  • fixing leaking faucets
  • removing low-lying vegetation
  • diverting storm water away from your home

Tip: Consider Having Regular Professional Pest Inspections

Since wood-boring insects such as termites will severely damage your home and your homeowner's insurance policy will not cover the costs of repairs, you should consider having your home inspected by a professional at least every few years. When you home is inspected regularly, you can head off potentially expensive termite infestations while they are still small and have not yet caused extensive damage.

Tip: Seek Professional Help for a Termite Infestation

Finally, you cannot control a termite infestation once it has taken hold as a DIY project. If you are seeing signs of a termite infestation on your property or in your home's structure, then you must call in professional help. A local pest control company will come to your home and has the pesticides necessary to kill off the termite colony once and for all. Contact a company like Tri-County Termite & Pest Control, Inc. to learn more.