3 Steps to Effective Termite Defense
Termites do have a place in the environment and have been an important part of the earth’s ecological system for many millions of years. Termites infest dead and dying trees and speed up the natural cycle of deterioration—allowing for new growth to begin. Unfortunately, they can’t distinguish between the wood in your home and the wood in a forest. There are three key steps you can take to make sure your
Step 1: Get professional help.
Small holes in wood, crumbling drywall, sagging doors or floors, insect wings, and small mud tubes are some of the more obvious potential signs of termites. But, even if you don’t notice any of these signs, that doesn’t necessarily mean termites, or the conditions that invite them, aren’t there. That’s because termites are masters at avoiding detection, remaining hidden within walls and wood while they do their worst damage. Regular inspections by a pest management professional are the best way to help ensure your home truly is, and remains, free from termites and the damage they can cause.
Qualified pest management professionals have training in termite biology and behavior to identify, prevent, or responsibly treat termite problems, before they get out of control. And they use the most advanced and effective termite defense products to help prevent problems and damage over the long term.
The first thing your pest professional will do is perform a thorough initial inspection of your home. The purpose of the inspection is to determine if, where, and how termites are getting in. In order to find food (wood/cellulose) and moisture, they will squeeze through cracks as narrow as 1/32 of an inch! Expansion joints, foundation cracks, tiny gaps around plumbing, and electrical service entries are all potential entry points.
Every accessible inch of the house that comes into contact with the ground will be examined, and the rest of the structure will be inspected for signs of damaged wood and termite shelter tubes. Your pest management professional will find termite activity and can also explain how to correct any conditions in your home that invite termites.
• Don’t affix wooden trellises to exterior walls.
• Keep wood debris, scrap lumber, sawdust, and firewood away from your home.
• Don’t bury wood debris near your home.
• Remove infested trees and stumps.
• Repair leaking faucets and water lines, both indoors and outdoors.
• Fix leaky roofs and gutters.
• Don’t allow leaves to accumulate in gutters or drains.
• Grade soil so that water (including air conditioning condensate) runs away from foundations.
• Cover at least 90% of the soil in crawl spaces with plastic sheeting.
• Ideally, wood siding, stucco, and foam board should be at least six inches away from the ground or mulch landscaping.
Step 2: Employ the best defense:
Termidor® termiticide/insecticide. If the inspection reveals termites, your pest management professional can get rid of them and keep them from returning. If your home is currently free of termites, congratulations! Now, it’s time for your pest management professional to take preventative action to help ensure it stays that way. For the fastest, most effective way to address either situation, your pest management professional will recommend Termidor, America’s #1 Termite Defense Product.
Step 3: Schedule regular professional check-ups.
A clean bill of health from a doctor today doesn’t mean it’s not important for you to get regular check-ups in the future. Your home after a Termidor treatment is no different. Regular check-ups by your pest management professional will make sure Termidor continues to do its job, and that your home remains termite-free.
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