Preventing termites is the best way to protect your home from the damage they can cause. As a homeowner, there are a few simple steps you can take to significantly reduce your chances of developing an infestation. Spending a little time and money on prevention now could save you a significant amount of time and money in the future by helping you avoid termite damage and repair costs.
Check for water issues regularly
Water issues around your house can lead to a termite infestation. Subterranean termites need to be in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive. The moisture level in the soil around your house will depend on a number of factors including where you live and the type of soil you have. You may not be able to change the type of soil that is common in your area but you can prevent moisture buildup due to other factors. For example, a leaky pipe can allow water to seep into the soil and make it ideal for Subterranean termites. Other issues that can potentially lead to a higher level of moisture in your soil include a leaky air conditioning unit, improper drainage around your house, and issues with your gutters. Check for water issues around your house regularly in order to prevent a termite infestation.
Store firewood away from the house
Firewood can come in handy when you want to feel cozy or have a craving for s’mores. Firewood also has the potential to cause a termite infestation at your home if it is not stored correctly. Firewood can be infested with termites without your knowledge. If you store that wood up against your house, those termites can easily make their way into your home and start causing damage. The proper way to store firewood is away from your house and off the ground. You can build or purchase a rack that allows you to properly store firewood. Changing where you store your firewood is a simple task that can help protect your home from termites.
Get a termite inspection as soon as possible
Another termite prevention tip for homeowners is to get a termite inspection as soon as possible. It is difficult to determine if you have a termite infestation without the help of a pro. A termite pro knows how to identify termites and the signs they leave behind. What looks normal to you may actually be a clear sign of termite activity to someone who is trained to recognize those signs. Getting a termite inspection as soon as possible is an important part of protecting your home from termites.
Invest in professional termite prevention services
If your termite inspection comes back clear, you can breathe a sigh of relief. You do not have expensive termite damage to deal with – yet. The reality is that you are still at risk for a termite infestation in the future unless you take preventative measures. Investing in professional termite prevention services will add an extra layer of protection against termites to your home.
The sad reality is that termites are a problem in San Jose and surrounding areas. Fortunately, there are some proactive steps you can take to prevent these destructive pests from infesting your home. Give the pros at TAPS Termite a call to set up a free termite inspection and discuss options for ongoing prevention services.