March 6, 2017
Termites are one of the most destructive insects on the planet. An infestation can take out an entire building in very little time if left untreated. Termites cause millions of dollars in damage each year to US home and businesses. And since termite damage might not be covered under your house insurance, you may have to pay out of pocket which will be very expensive. So let’s talk about how you can save yourself some time, money and aggravation. Preventative methods are the first line of defense against termites. Stopping them before they get into your house is your best option. Below is a list of prevention tips from the Environmental Protection Agency.
If you’re in the construction phase of your house then you have an advantage because you can do some of these methods as you build your home. The first suggestion is to build your house on a concrete foundation. Also, cover any exposed wood areas with a metal cover or a sealant. After construction keep the area around the foundation dry by using proper drainage and grading. The key here is that termites need moisture and wet ground to survive. By reducing the amount of moisture around your house you will reduce the chance of termites getting in. Next, fix any openings that could allow termites to get through. This includes using cement, grout or caulk to fill in cracks in the foundation and holes where utilities run through. You also need to fix any leaks you have. These leaks could come from pipes, spigots or AC units. All of these allow unwanted moisture around your house, allowing termites to gain access. Keep all vents under and around your house free from blockage, including plants. Airflow helps to stop the build up of moisture. You can also try to make sure that no trees or bushes are growing too close to the house or touching any exposed wood surfaces. Termites can use the branches of trees and plants to reach your house. Do not store or pile wood next to or near your house. Any wood stored outside has a very high chance of becoming a breeding ground for termites. Stacks of wood would allow termites to breed and give them a higher chance of entering your home. He last suggestion is to periodically check for any signs of an infestation. Signs of a termite infestation include mud tunnels, bubbles in the paint around your house, and any holes in exposed wood.
These prevention methods can significantly reduce our chance of getting a termite infestation if practiced correctly. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that you won’t get termites. Luckily, Nozzle Nolen has professionals that will take care of any termite problems that you might have. We have many safe and effective ways of ridding your house or business of termites. As soon as you suspect that you might have a termite infestation, give us a call. We’ll come out and give you a free inspection.
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