Termites are pests that may not be too much of a bother to you, but they will be a bother to you when they begin eating away at your home, deck or patio. Termites can do quite a bit of damage and the extent could leave you feeling pretty bothered. Preventing termites is something every homeowner should know, as well as killing these pesky bugs. See below for some helpful tips to kill and prevent termites.
- Clean Up Your Exterior. Clean up the exterior of your home by getting rid of wood piles or brush piles that are near your house. If you have a wood burning fireplace, store the wood either away from your home or somewhere where it will stay dry, not moist. Termites are attracted to moist wood, so keep any firewood you need as dry as possible.
- Remove Mulch. Remove mulch around your homes foundation. Mulch will attract termites, so having it around your foundation will attract these and other pests not just to your garden beds, but to your home as well. If you like the look of mulch, think about adding a rock border close to the foundation and then the mulch around the rock border.
- Make Repairs. Make repairs to your home such as around doors and windows where termites may be making their home. If you can tap on the wood around your home and it feels hollow, you may have an infestation. Remove the old and infested wood and replace it with new pieces. Be sure to kill any termites you see. If you have any holes, and the wood is not completely eaten away, you can fill in these areas with epoxy.
- Keep It Dry. Keep your home dry especially around the foundation and in the crawl space or basement. If these areas are moist, it is going to attract termites and other pests. Inspect these areas often to be sure you don't have any water leaks or other water damage to ensure you don't have a pest problem on top of it.
Terminating the termites you see is necessary to prevent them from doing further damage to your home. These pests can have underground colonies and could be well hidden in the wood around your home, that you may not even know you have them. If you've spotted a problem, or think you may have one, it's best to call a professional pest control company for help getting rid of these insects and protect your home. If the infestation is bad, you'll want the best helping you to get rid of them and to be sure they're gone.
Call a professional for help if you've spotted termites around your home and get rid of them immediately.