Your home is always at risk for developing a termite infestation. The fact that termites are active throughout California means that getting an infestation is a possibility. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk for a termite infestation. Three practical ways to minimize the possibility of a termite infestation in your home are to deal with water issues around your house, properly store firewood, and set up a baiting system.
Deal with water issues around your house
Water issues around your house can make your home more likely to develop a termite infestation. Subterranean termites are attracted to areas where there is a high level of moisture in the soil. Moisture-rich soil is a necessity for subterranean termites to survive. If you have water issues around your house – such as a gutter system that is not functioning properly – the moisture can build up in your soil and make your home more attractive to termites. You can minimize the possibility of a termite infestation by quickly dealing with water issues around your house. Do not allow a minor water issue to continue because it can eventually lead to a serious problem.
Properly store firewood
Something as basic as the way you store your firewood can impact your likelihood of getting a termite infestation. Firewood can have termites in it. If you store the firewood too close to your house, those termites can move from the firewood to your home. Storing firewood properly involves keeping it away from your house and off the ground. Simply moving your firewood can help you minimize the possibility of a termite infestation.
Set up a baiting system
You can also minimize the possibility of a termite infestation by having a baiting system installed around your house. A baiting system is designed to monitor the level of termite activity around your house. The baiting system includes several individual stations. Each station has a piece of wood inside of it. Once you get the baiting system installed, your termite pro will regularly monitor the condition of the wood in the stations. If there is evidence of a lot of termite activity, you can take action to prevent the termites in the area from infesting your home. This may involve having your home treated for termites or keeping a close eye on the activity so you can intervene when necessary.
If your home has wood anywhere in the construction, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of a termite infestation. You can, however, take steps to minimize your risk of developing an infestation. The tips outlined above are a good place to start this process. You can learn more about minimizing your risk for termites by looking at the information available on the TAPS Termite blog.