Termite damage is something that just about every homeowner fears. Termites are small pests but their activity can cause widespread destruction to your home. The cost of repairing serious termite damage can be astronomical. In order to avoid the high costs of repairing termite damage you need to take steps to prevent it from occurring. Methods for termite prevention include removing elements that attract them to your home, dealing with water issues, and setting up termite bait stations.
Remove elements that attract termites to your home
Termites eat on wood. The majority of homes have wood in the construction – typically the framing and around doors and windows. There is nothing you can do to eliminate the wood that was used in the construction of your house. You can, however, eliminate any other wood that is nearby. For example, some people store firewood up against the house for easy access. It is convenient to have firewood nearby when you need it but the firewood can attract termites. Large fallen branches and dead trees can also attract termites and draw them closer to your home. Moving firewood away from your house and clearing dead branches out of the yard will help you in your termite prevention efforts.
Deal with water issues around your house
A leaking pipe under your house, leaking air conditioner, or downspouts that are not functioning properly can all contribute to a buildup of moisture in your soil. Moisture-rich soil can attract Subterranean termites. These termites need to remain in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive. Water issues around your house can make it more appealing to termites. Dealing with water issues promptly is an important part of preventing termites and the damage they can cause.
Set up termite baiting stations around your home
Of all the options for preventing termite damage, baiting stations are the best. Termite bait stations are designed to measure termite activity that is going on near your home. Each station is stocked with an easily digestible piece of wood. When termites happen upon the bait station, they feed on the wood. When a termite pro checks on the stations, the condition of the wood will indicate the level of termite activity in the immediate area. The information the pros get from checking the stations then dictates what type of treatment – if any – is necessary to keep your home protected from termites.
Bait stations are your best option for adding an extra layer of protection against termite damage. Adding in the other tasks outlined above will further improve your chances of keeping destructive termites out of your home. And, as an added bonus, bait stations are an eco-friendly option for preventing termites. You can get your home set up with termite bait stations and routine monitoring by getting in touch with the pros at TAPS Termite. For a low, annual fee you can get all the help you need to ensure that your home is protected from termite damage.