A termite infestation can be a scary issue for homeowners. These pests can do serious damage to your home and lead to costly repairs. They literally eat away at the structural wood of your house around the clock until you take steps to eradicate them. The best way to protect your home from the damage that termites can cause is to prevent an infestation in the first place. In order to prevent an infestation you need to determine if your home is at risk for termites. Learning about the elements that put your home at risk for a termite infestation will help you protect against it.
Do you live in an area with termites?
If you live anywhere in the United States – except for Alaska – then the answer to this question is yes. Termites have caused problems in almost every area of the United States. This fact alone should be enough to prompt you to be proactive in your efforts to protect against termites. Anyone living in an area where termites also live should set up a time to have a professional termite inspection. An inspection will allow you to learn if your home currently has a termite issue or if it has experienced one in the past. The results of the inspection will provide you with treatment and/or prevention recommendations.
Has there been an infestation in your neighborhood recently?
A neighbor with a termite infestation can mean trouble for the other houses in the neighborhood. Within a termite colony, there are termites with various types of jobs. The type of termite that is a threat when an infestation occurs nearby is called a swarmer. Reproductive swarmers are termites that leave one colony in search of another house to infest. People often mistake swarmers for winged ants. If you have noticed swarmers in your neighborhood or around your house, you need to take action. Dealing with a termite infestation early in the process will help you avoid serious damage to your home. Give your termite expert a call for an inspection and treatment if you suspect the presence of swarmers.
Are there water issues around your house?
One of the elements that can make your house attractive to termites is water. Subterranean termites need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil. If the soil under and around your house is full of moisture because of some type of drainage or leaking issue then it will be more vulnerable to termites. You can reduce how attractive your home is to termites by paying attention to the moisture level of your soil. Do you have a downspout that does not drain properly? Is there a leak under your house? These factors can cause the soil around your house to be moisture-rich and attractive to termites.
If you live in the United States, your home is likely at some risk for a termite infestation. You can protect your home with the help of a termite professional. Start with a professional termite inspection to determine the current condition of your house and then make plans for eradication or set up preventative treatments.