Termites can cause serious damage to your home. Repairing that damage is typically expensive and can be disruptive to your life. The best way to avoid all of the problems that termites can cause is to prevent them from ever establishing a colony at your home. The question is, what steps can you take to keep termites away from your house? Following the four steps outlined below will give you the best chance of ensuring that termites stay away.
Ensure that water does not build up in your soil
Subterranean termites need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive. If the soil around your house has excessive moisture it then it will be more attractive to termites. You can help protect against termites by making sure there are no issues with water around or under your house. A downspout that is not functioning properly, poor drainage, a leaking air conditioning unit, or a leaking pipe under your house can all lead to a build up of moisture in the soil. Keeping up with your home maintenance to ensure that moisture cannot build up is an important part of keeping termites away from your home.
Get a termite inspection to assess the condition of your home
A professional termite inspection can provide you with important information about the condition of your home. It will let you know if your home currently has an active infestation. In addition, the inspector will look for signs of issues that will make your home more vulnerable to an infestation. Getting a clear understanding of the current condition of your home will help you protect it from a future infestation.
Be on the lookout for termite swarmers
Termite swarmers are reproductive termites that leave an established colony in search of a place to start a new colony. Swarmers can often be seen during the spring time. They look similar to winged ants but you can look at the shape of the body to identify the difference. Winged ants have a segmented body while termite swarmers do not. If you notice termite swarmers near your house it is a sign that you need to take steps to protect it from an infestation. Simply learning to identify termite swarmers will be helpful in protecting your home.
Set up professional termite prevention services
The most important step you can take to keep termites away from your home is to set up professional termite prevention services. The termite pros at TAPS Termite can set your home up on a termite treatment plan that can keep it consistently protected from the threat of these pests.
Preventing a termite infestation is a far better plan than being reactive only when you discover an infestation. You can get a free termite inspection from TAPS Termite and be on your way toward ensuring that your house is protected from termites.