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Written by Tim Denner
on March 30, 2021

Running a business can be complex. You have to deal with providing the service or product that is the core offering of your business and keep up with all of the logistics that are part of every business. It can be tempting to push some tasks off until later so you can deal with more pressing matters. Unfortunately, this can lead to costly problems when you are least expecting them. One task that some business owners put off or don’t even think about is termite control. It is easy to ignore the possibility of termites at your business until they actually start causing problems. Because infestations can take years to present themselves, by the time it catched your attention the damage has already been done. The good news is that it does not take a lot of time to protect your business from termites and it can save you both time and money in the future. 

Keep up with routine building maintenance

Keeping up with routine building maintenance is an essential part of protecting your business from termite damage. Many common conditions around your property and the sheer abundance of termite in our region can make it more vulnerable to a termite infestation. For example, a buildup of moisture in the soil around your property can attract Subterranean Termites to your business. These termites typically need to remain in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to thrive, though some can even live above ground as long as there is a constant moisture source nearby. A leak under your building, downspouts that do not work properly, or other drainage issues can allow the moisture to build up in the soil over time and create the ideal environment for termites. Routine maintenance allows you to catch issues like these before they grow to a level where they can draw termites to your property. 

Get a professional termite inspection

A professional termite inspection is, hands down, the best way for you to determine if you have a termite infestation at your business. If you do not have an active infestation visible at the time of inspection, the inspector can also let you know if there are issues around your property that put you at risk for a future infestation. Bringing in a pro for a termite inspection will let you know the infestation status of your property as well as the next steps you should take.

Eradicate any termites currently infesting your business

If the inspection reveals an active termite infestation, the most important next step is to eradicate it as quickly as possible. A large termite infestation can cause damage to your property around the clock. Keep in mind that most modern, commonly-used termiticides take up to 90 days to reach full effect and the termites can stay active for part of that time. Waiting to treat an infestation will likely lead to more damage. Bringing in professional help is the quickest and most effective way to eradicate termites and halt the damage.  

Set up preventative treatment

The reality of living in the Bay Area is that termites are always going to be a potential threat to your business. If they are active in your area and your business has wood somewhere in the construction, then your property is at risk for an infestation. In addition to keeping up with building maintenance, you can get professional help with termite prevention. A termite pro can recommend treatment options such as bait stations and strategic preventative treatments on a schedule that will ensure your business is protected from termites all year long. 

Termites can cause expensive damage to your business. A few proactive steps on your part – along with the help of a termite pro – can protect your business from costly termite damage and allow you to focus your resources on actually running your business.

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