Termites are a problem for residents of California and every other state in the US except for Alaska. These pests are pervasive and persistent which means that your home is always at risk for a termite infestation. If you are not taking proactive steps to prevent termites then you will eventually develop an infestation in your home. For California residents, there are some concrete steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting a termite infestation in your home.
Quickly address water issues around your home
Subterranean termites need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive. Termites may find your home a suitable place to establish a colony if the soil around your property has an excess amount of moisture in it because of water issues. Poorly functioning gutters and downspouts, leaks from an air conditioning unit, and poor drainage are all possible issues that can lead to an excess amount of moisture. If you develop a water issue around your home, address it quickly to avoid a buildup of moisture in your soil.
Keep an eye out for potential signs of termite activity
Another part of proactively protecting your California home from termites is to keep an eye out for signs of termite activity. As you do routine maintenance on your home you can look for common signs of termite activity. Subterranean termites create mud tubes to protect them while they travel from their colony to their food source. These look like brown or tan colored lines going in multiple directions. You can also look for piles of termite droppings (frass) which look similar to piles of saw dust. Wood damage is another potential sign of termite activity around your home. Wood can also get damaged by other things so it is a good idea to bring in a termite pro if you think you have noticed sighs of termite activity.
Get regular termite inspections by a professional
A termite inspection is the best way to determine if you have an infestation or are at risk for one. If you want to prevent termites from causing damage to your California home, it is important to have a professional come out and inspect your home regularly. After your initial appointment you can talk to your inspector about the right inspection schedule for your home.
Invest in a termite baiting system
California residents can also be proactive with termite prevention by investing in termite baiting systems. A termite baiting system is designed to monitor the level of termite activity happening near your home. The bait stations are monitored regularly by a termite professional. If at any point there is cause for concern, the termite pro will recommend further action to ensure that you home remains protected.
If you are looking for help with termite prevention for your California home, reach out to the pros at TAPS Termite. We can help you with termite prevention as well as treatment and damage repairs if you already have an infestation. You can set up a free inspection through the website or by calling the office.