Top 10 Termite Prevention TipsMissy Henriksen
Sunday, March 16, 2014
After the long, cold winter experienced
across much of the country, spring can’t come soon enough for many
people. Before we know it, daylight will last longer, flowers will
start blooming and children will be spending more time playing
outdoors. But, as the weather continues to warm, people may also
start to see an unwelcome sign that spring has sprung – the
presence of swarmers, or flying termites.
Spring is prime termite season as swarmers emerge to mate and
establish new colonies, which often include vulnerable residential
properties. Termites can
literally eat a home out from under its owners, often without them
even knowing until much damage has been done. They have the ability
to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected, 24/7,
and can compromise the structural stability of a home within
several years depending on the species. In fact, termites
cause $5 billion worth of property damage annually.
Luckily, there are many steps homeowners can take to help
prevent termites from infesting their property. Here are 10 tips
from the National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) to protect your greatest investment from termites:
- Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home, which
termites need to thrive.
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units.
- Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
- Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around basement
foundation and windows.
- Divert water away from the house through properly functioning
downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud
tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or
bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows,
doorframes and skirting boards for any noticeable changes.
- Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of
- Consider scheduling a professional inspection annually.
Wood-boring insect damage is not covered by homeowners' insurance
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
Termites cannot be controlled with do-it-yourself measures. If
you suspect a termite infestation, contact a licensed pest
professional immediately to determine the extent of the problem and
receive a recommendation of an appropriate course of treatment. To
find a local, qualified pest professional, visit the PestWorld.org