Don’t Let Termites Put The Bite On Your HouseNPMA Staff
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Could termites have your
home by the walls, the floors and the ceilings? These saw-toothed,
wood-eating insects eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making
infestations much more common than you may think. This incessant
gnawing can severely compromise the structural stability of your
home as they chew their way through important support beams.
In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association
(NPMA), termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each
year across the U.S.-and damage from wood-boring insects is
typically not covered by homeowners' insurance policies.
What To Do
The best way to effectively treat an existing termite infestation
is through professional pest
control, but there are steps
homeowners can take to help keep the pests from invading in the
For instance, simple things, such as keeping tree branches and
shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house can help.
The experts at the NPMA also recommend these tips for
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including
entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and AC units.
- Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles. Some
termites are drawn to deteriorating wood.
- Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around
basement foundation and windows.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5
inches off the ground.
- Routinely inspect the foundation of your 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.
- Direct water away from your house through properly functioning
downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Visit Pestworld.org to find a qualified pest
professional for additional advice and treatment if
For more information on termites and other pest issues or to find
a licensed pest professional, visit www.pestworld.org.