Termites date back more than 120 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. They are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage – costs that aren’t covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.
Swarmers looking to start a new colony are typically the first sign of termite season as these winged-pests show up inside homes in early spring. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts we ask of our contracted customers to discourage termite infestation:
- Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away from the foundation of your home.
- Move mulch away from the foundation
- Don’t leave firewood near your home. It’s a magnet for termites. If you do keep firewood outside your house during the winter, keep it raised off the ground.
- Remove all lumber, tree stumps and other kinds of loose wood from the perimeter of your home.
- Fix any leaky pipes and eliminate any standing water near your home. Termites cannot live on wood alone.
- Keep gutters and downspouts free of accumulated leaves and debris. Clogs and obstructions can attract termites.
- Seal all cracks and holes in your homes foundation, which may provide a handy access point for termites.
Of Course, the best way to guarantee you are covered when it comes to these destructive pests is entering into a termite contract with a reputable company such as ours. We’re happy to give you a free estimate!
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