Did you know termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year? Termite Awareness Week, March 11-17 2018, is designed to bring awareness to one of the most destructive pests in the U.S. With Spring right around the corner, termites might also be right around the corner waiting to make their appearance and start feasting. Fortunately, Corbett is here to protect your investment and keep your space safe from these invasive pests. In honor of Termite Awareness Week, here are a few tips from our pros on how to avoid termites:
Receive Regular Termite Inspections
Routine termite inspections performed at least once a year by a qualified expert are the most effective way to prevent termites. During inspections, experts also help you determine what preventative termite treatments and bait systems will be the best fit for your unique home. Ask yourself- when was the last time you had your property inspected?
Eliminate Wood-to-Ground Contact
Many termite infestations begin when wood comes in contact with soil. Direct wood-to-ground contact provides termites with an all-encompassing environment of food, moisture, and shelter. Your home’s wooden features, including windows, door frames, and shingles may all grab termites’ attention. The termite pros at Corbett Exterminating recommend maintaining a proper distance (2-3 foot gap) between wooden objects and the soil, with a 6 inches above ground level rule. While treating the wood is an option, simply removing the wood-to-ground contact greatly eliminates the invasion temptation.
Seal Cracks and Crevices
Don’t let termites use cracks and crevices to invade your home. Visually inspect your home for any openings or entryways in the foundation, doors, window seals, and more. As difficult as it is to visually inspect for small openings, first take care of the ones that are obvious. Your local experts, like Corbett, can take care of the rest.
Termites need moisture in order to thrive - don’t let them have it! Repair leaks, faulty gutters, and any condensation lines that may be supplying a water source. Inspect for standing water in and around your home. Assessing your home’s conditions, like excess moisture, is crucial to preventing termite activity. Work with your pest control pros to determine if your home is experiencing increased moisture.
Do Your Research
Know your home, do your research, and turn to the local pest professionals. Termites are a beast of their own, so seeking professional termite help is always a good idea. Ask your pest management experts what prevention techniques are best for your home’s needs. From liquid treatment to monitoring stations, proactive treatment and preventative measures go a long way.
The termite professionals at Corbett Exterminating are ready to address your termite concerns or provide you with much-needed relief. Learn more about our termite control!