How to Protect Yourself From Termites This Spring
February 12, 2014
Termite season is right around the corner! Wood-destroying organisms, such as termites, are a very serious problem. They attack and damage any building material that contains cellulose, such as wood used in house and building construction, drywall covered with paper, or siding materials containing cellulose. The wood destroying pests most commonly encountered are subterranean termites, drywood termites, and several types of beetles.
If you live in Florida, the question is not if you’ll get termites but WHEN you’ll get termites. The answer depends on how close the termites are to your home. Florida presents both the moisture and the humidity that termites favor and they are present everywhere in our ecosystem.
There are several things you can do to make your home less appealing to termites. Here are some good prevention tips:
• Wood to ground contact: Any wood touching soil around your home is likely to attract subterranean termites, so if possible remove all wood that is touching the ground.
• Poor ventilation in a crawl space: Improper ventilation causes moisture build up in enclosed areas, and moisture draws termites.
• Too much moisture in the soil around your home: Leaking plumbing pipes, air conditioning drip lines, and water draining down a hill and running up under your structure creates a buildup of moisture, which will attract termites.
• Roof or above ground plumbing leaks: Moisture from leaks can support aerial colonies of subterranean termites that will no longer need contact with the soil
• Old tree stumps either visible or below grade on the property: Any wood touching soil around your home is likely to attract termites, and naturally occurring debris is no exception.
• Mulch around the base of your home: Mulch is wood, and putting too much of it down too close to your home may attract termites.
• Boats: Boats can attract both drywood and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites can infest boats and find a fresh moisture supply either from rain accumulations or condensation. Drywood termites swarm several times throughout the year and will infest any wood they can find.
For a comprehensive termite inspection, contact one of our licensed pest control professional here at Nozzle Nolen.
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