Termites are a big threat to homes in the South Bay Area. The mild weather is ideal for these pests to thrive and they have caused serious problems for homeowners in the area. Termites are a threat throughout California – and almost the entire US – so there is no easy way to avoid the threat altogether. However, you can avoid termite damage that will come from a serious infestation by learning about what attracts termites, determining your home’s level of vulnerability, and then bringing in professional help.
Learn about what attracts termites
There are a number of factors that can attract termites to your home and make it vulnerable to an infestation. As you learn about what attracts termites you can take steps to remedy those issues. The first – and most obvious – element that attracts termites is wood. Termites feed off of the cellulose in wood and require it to survive. It would be very difficult to eliminate all wood in and around your home so this is a level of risk that the majority of homeowners take. Another element that attracts termites is moisture. Subterranean termites are attracted to soil that has a high level of moisture. Moisture-rich soil is their ideal environment for creating a new colony. The level of moisture in your soil is impacted by some factors that you can control and others that you cannot. Controlling for the elements you can impact will help reduce the attractiveness of your home to termites.
Determine your home’s level of vulnerability
Every home in an area that has termites is somewhat vulnerable. Termite swarmers can set out from a nearby colony and establish a new colony at your house without you even noticing. But, there are some homes that are more vulnerable to the threat of termites than others. Things that make your home vulnerable to termites include water issues, soil that is up too high against your house and firewood that is stored touching the property. If you address each of these problems it will make your home less vulnerable to termites.
Bring in professional help
The most effective way to avoid termite damage in the South Bay Area is to bring in professional help. A professional termite inspection will provide you with valuable information about the current infestation status of your home. After the inspection you can work with the termite pro to determine the next step – continued prevention or treatment – and make a preventative plan for the future. Termites can be difficult to detect and eradicate without proper training. A pro will use his or her training and experience to provide you with the proper resources to protect your home from termite damage.
Termites will always be a potential threat in the South Bay Area. But, that does not mean termite infestations and damage are an inevitable part of homeownership. You can minimize your risk of developing an infestation by learning about the factors that attract termites, determining your home’s level of vulnerability, and by bringing in professional help.