Is there a guaranteed way to protect my home from termites? That is a question that many homeowners ask as they search for options to keep termites away. It would be nice to have a guarantee and rest assured that your home is no longer at risk for developing a termite infestation. Unfortunately, there is not a one-and-done termite treatment that ensures your home will be protected forever. It takes consistency and a combination of methods to make sure that your home remains protected from termites.
Keep up with maintenance around your home
Proper home maintenance is an important part of protecting your home from termites. Termites are attracted to homes with moisture-rich soil. Subterranean termites need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil day in and day out. If you have maintenance issues around your house that involve water, you may be inadvertently attracting termites to your home. Leaking pipes, a leaking air conditioning unit, or malfunctioning downspouts are all potential maintenance issues that can lead to excess moisture in your soil. Taking the time to make sure you regularly address home maintenance issues can help you minimize your risk of attracting termites.
Get a professional termite inspection
A professional termite inspection is the best way to learn if you currently have a termite infestation. If you do not have an active infestation, the results from the inspection will also let you know if your home is in immediate danger for an infestation. You will receive a wood-destroying organism report after the inspection. The report will outline the current condition of your home including signs of termite activity and damage. In the report, you will also find recommendations for treatment and/or prevention efforts. Getting a professional termite inspection is an important step because it will help you determine which prevention efforts will be the most effective for your home.
Invest in a termite baiting system
Termite baiting is a great termite treatment option to include in a comprehensive prevention plan. Baiting stations are installed in intervals around your property to monitor the level of termite activity in the area. As termites encounter a bait station, they feed on the block of wood inside. Baiting stations are regularly monitored by a termite pro to assess the level of termite activity near your home. If termite activity is high, the pro may recommend treating your home to prevent the termites in the area from making their way into your property.
While there is no guaranteed way to protect your home permanently from termites, combining the steps outlined above will provide you with the best possible results. It takes consistent effort to prevent termite damage. If there are termites in your area, your home will always be at risk for developing an infestation. You cannot let your guard down. The good news is that you can get help from the pros at TAPS Termite and let someone else do the hard work of keeping your home safe from termites.