Termites are persistent and opportunistic pests that will infest your home if the conditions are right. Termites are an issue in the majority of places throughout the United States. This means that the vast majority of people need to take steps to protect against the threat of termites. There are a few important steps you can take to keep termites out of your home.
Promptly deal with water issues
Water issues around your home can draw in many different types of pests from cockroaches to termites. Subterranean termites need moisture-rich soil in order to survive. If there are water issues around your house it can lead to conditions that attract termites. Improperly functioning downspouts, water that does not drain away from your home correctly, leaks under the house, and a leaking air conditioning unit are all potential issues that can attract termites to your house. Promptly deal with any water issues that come up in order to minimize your risk of a termite infestation.
Store firewood properly
Firewood stored next to your house can attract and transfer termites to your home. Termites like to eat on dead wood and the firewood that many people store up against their homes is an ideal snack for these pests. To prevent inadvertently bringing in termites with your firewood be sure and store it away from your house and off the ground. The firewood should not be touching the exterior of your home in any way. You can build or purchase a firewood rack designed to keep the wood stored properly to protect both the wood and your house.
Stay on top of yard maintenance
Getting behind on your yard maintenance can increase your susceptibility to termites. Dead limbs laying on the ground can draw termites to your yard and eventually allow them to make their way to your house. Staying on top of your yard maintenance by mowing regularly and removing debris will help minimize your risk for termites.
Get a professional termite inspection
One of the most important tips you can follow when it comes to keeping termites out of your home is to get a professional termite inspection. A professional termite inspection will provide you with valuable information about the current condition of your home as well as potential risk factors. You can find out for sure if your home currently has termites or had an infestation in the past. If your home is termite-free the inspector will point out any areas that put your home at risk for a future infestation.
Following the tips outlined above will significantly reduce your risk for developing a termite infestation. The reality is, however, that living in an area with termites puts your home in a vulnerable condition no matter how diligent you are with prevention efforts. If you want to add an extra layer of protection to your home, you can consider getting preventative treatment from a termite professional. Baiting systems are commonly used as a protective measure against developing a termite infestation. You can get started on the process of protecting your home against termites by calling the pros at TAPS Termite and scheduling a free termite inspection.