There is no pest that frightens homeowners more than the termite. Since this little bug has the potential to destroy entire homes if left unnoticed or unchecked, it’s necessary to do all you can to prevent an infestation -- and to know what to do should termites get a foothold inside your walls.
Of course, the most effective way to control termites is to make sure they never get inside in the first place. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help stop an infestation before it ever begins.
The presence or absence of water is one of the most important factors in controlling future infestations. If the area around your home is wet -- through poorly placed pipes and drains, for instance -- this will attract termites as well as other pests. It’s crucial to maintain pipes, gutters and drains to redirect any water leaving your home so that it does not pool up close to your house and keep the soil moist.
Clear Away Plants, Trees and Shrubs
Another factor that can attract termites is the presence of wood close to your house. This only makes sense, as termites live off of wood. So, by keeping it away from your home, you give termites less reason to come near your home to begin with. Clear away all shrubs and trees, and make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from your house.
Treat in Advance
A third method of control is to treat the area with some sort of barrier. These barriers can include (but are not limited to) termite baits, insecticide-infused building materials or soil treatments.
Signs of an Infestation
Even with the best of preventative methods, it’s possible for termites to make it through and take up residence in your walls. If this happens, it’s important to know what to look for so you can begin to treat them as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more damage they can cause! Signs of an infestation are things such as termite trails, wood dust, insect wings and buckling paint.
Treating an Infestation
If you notice an infestation, then treating it should become your number one priority as a homeowner. While there are commercial products you can buy that are effective against very small, early infections -- your best bet at this point is to hire professional help. This is where a company like Terminix West Michigan comes in. Our trained and experienced staff knows how to deal with termites and control current problems while preventing future infestations.
If you think you have a termite problem, or would like to know more about how we can help you prevent one, please contact us today.