Subterranean Termite Prevention Tips
May 25, 2017
Subterranean termites live just about everywhere throughout the United States, and you need to be on the lookout for them in your neighborhood as well as in your home. Subterranean termites are always growing their populations and searching for new food sources and new nesting sites; and if your neighbors are struggling with termites, it won’t be long before they come sneaking around your foundation. Termites are common here in New Jersey, and they are much more than an annoyance for homeowners throughout the state.
As a homeowner, you need to make sure that you do not allow an infestation of subterranean termites. They can cause serious damage that can cost you much of your hard earned income. Without your realizing it, termites can silently eat the wood deep inside your home weakening the structure, which can result in repair or rebuild costs. In fact, termites are responsible for billions of dollars worth of damage each year across the country; most of which is not covered by insurance policies.
Termites can usually be found outside in soil or mulch in areas close to homes and other buildings. They will eat moist, rotting wood and plants around your property; but while looking for food, they may find themselves inside your home. Once they have entered your home and found the nutrients they need inside your walls, floors, ceilings and structural wood, they will not want to leave. You probably won’t even become aware of them until the damage becomes severe enough to be noticed.
Eradicating subterranean termites can be extremely difficult because they are very good at staying hidden and because much of their colony may be outdoors hiding deep underground. Often, they will remain in these underground bunkers with the workers utilizing mud tubes that they create on the side of your foundation to gain access to the support beams in your home while avoiding contact with the air and the sun which will tend to dry out their bodies. These mud tubes only enhance their ability to remain hidden making it very unlikely that you will see them wandering around.
In order to keep termites from enjoying your home, here are some prevention tips to help you out:
- Reduce or remove wood sources around your home, like excessive mulch and wood piles.
- Reduce or remove water sources around your home, like puddles and poorly drained gutter pools.
- Store wood away from your home.
- Seal up all entry points, including all cracks and crevices.
- Remove all damaged wood inside your home.
- Use dehumidifiers in damp rooms to remove excess moisture.
.#1 Prevention Tip: Call a highly experienced termite control professional to begin services that will eliminate these invasive pests and that will help to keep them away. The termite control experts here at Arrow Pest Control can inspect your property for termites and develop a custom plan to eliminate termites.
Let us help you get rid of termites and avoid the costly structural damage that they cause. For more information simply give us a call today.