Termites are always a threat if you own a property in an area where they thrive. These pests are found in every state except for Alaska and prefer the warm climates of the South, Southeast, West, and Southwest United States. You cannot completely eliminate the threat of termites to your office building but you can avoid getting an infestation by following a few proactive tips. If you keep up with routine maintenance tasks, get a termite inspection at least once a year, and schedule treatment at the first sign of a problem you will significantly reduce your chances of developing a serious termite infestation.
Keep up with routine maintenance tasks
Keeping up with the routine maintenance tasks around your office building can protect it from termites and other types of pests. Subterranean termites are attracted to areas that are moist. If there is a leak around your building or an area that does not drain properly you could be attracting termites. When water problems or other maintenance issues arise the best way to protect against termites is to make the appropriate repairs quickly. If you make routine maintenance a priority at your office building it will help you avoid the consequences that come with a termite infestation.
Get a termite inspection at least once a year
If your office building has never been inspected for termites then you need to schedule your first inspection right away. A professional termite inspection is the most effective way to determine if you have an infestation or are at an immediate risk for developing one. After the initial inspection, it is recommended that you have your property inspected at least once a year going forward. An inspection once per year is not disruptive or time consuming but can save you from developing a serious termite infestation.
Schedule treatment at the first sign of a problem
Most Subterranean termite infestations start out with a couple of reproductive swarmers that identify your building as a good environment to establish a colony. If termite activity is caught early in the process of establishing a colony you can avoid significant damage. The key to this step is scheduling professional treatment at the first sign of a problem. If you see swarmers near your property then give your termite pro a call right away. If you notice damaged wood or wood that looks wavy it could be a sign of termite activity. Get treatment as soon as possible!
You can avoid many of the problems that termites cause by being proactive with maintenance tasks, inspections, and treatment. A small commitment of time and effort now can save you from large expenses and extensive repairs in the future. If you are looking for help with any of the steps mentioned above get in touch with TAPS Termite today.