Eco Friendly Pest Management: Termite Prevention, Control, and Management Tips
After a cold and long winter season, spring will come soon and the daylight hours are longer, children will start spending more outdoors, flowers will bloom, and also as flying termites will be present. The the first step in preventing termites infestation is being alerted by diagnosing the presence of termites, wherein they have straight antennae and roughly equal length wings. Termites rarely emerge from mud tubes, food sources, or soil where they create tunnels, and many homeowners never realize their presence until there is construction going on with obvious damage or until they notice an obvious swarm.
How should you inspect or examine for the presence of termites infestation? Identify and observe termite swarms, and expose by probing the wood for hollow spots using a tool like a flat screwdriver. Spring is the ideal time for termites to mate and create colonies, and they literally the parts of the house, most especially wood foundations and furniture. Termites have caused billions of damaged properties every year because they have the capability to chew wood 24/7, thus greatly compromising the structural stability of a house. What are the preventive measures to avoid termite infestations? You have to reduce or if possible eliminate all sources of moisture because termites love moist areas. Repair leaking water pipes, faucets, exterior AC units, soffits, fascia, and rotted roof shingles. Immediately replace any loose or worn out mortar and weather stripping around windows and basement foundation. Regularly inspect your home’s foundation for signs of mud tubes that termites pass through to reach their food sources such as bubbling and uneven paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
It is also essential to inspect all wood areas and surfaces such as windows, skirting boards, doors, and fixtures. You have to maintain about 18-inches gap between any wood portions and soil. After house construction, keeping the soil dry is important with proper drainage, and grading to prevent termite infestation. Fill in cracks in cement foundations and utilities passing through the wall with grout, caulk, or cement. Do not allow shrubs and trees to grow near your foundation and wood surfaces. Any wood debris or firewood should be stored away from the house. Always remember that termites cannot be managed or controlled using DIY alone. A professional pest management control specialist is needed to help resolve termite problems.
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