Have you ever seen little clumps of wood dust under your sofa when you got home? This most definitely contributes to termite infestation. It gets challenging to get rid of them once they penetrate your home and begin feasting on the structure of your home or your pricey furniture, especially given their miniature size. You may avoid many problems by doing routine home inspections to look for termites and other pests.
Eliminating pests in your house is not exactly a job that a DIY project can adequately solve. It would be best if you always asked for help from a professional pest control service. But then again, you can at least do something in order to make the pest exterminator and inspector’s job a little bit easy.
In part, termites are difficult to deal with because they are not discovered until after causing significant damage and establishing sizable colonies. These colonies contain thousands of termites, making it extremely challenging to eradicate them without expert assistance. Therefore, if termites have been found in your home, you need to take preventative action immediately.
The following actions can be taken to stop termites from spreading and guarantee that the treatment is effective:
Eliminate Moisture: One of the key factors attracting termites and other pests to your property is moisture. Eliminating excess moisture from your home will aid in warding off termites. Buying a dehumidifier can help if you’re in a humid climate. In the summer, you can turn on the air conditioner to keep the house cool and remove extra moisture from the air.
Fix Leaks: Keep an eye out for any deterioration or leaks in your home. Termites thrive in wet, decaying structures like walls and roofs. Quickly fix and seal any leaks, and regularly inspect your home, paying specific attention to basements or dark areas. Unfortunately, these locations are frequently disregarded and are the first to draw pests. Since it is nearer to the ground and, therefore, more accessible to termites, a leak in the basement might be particularly attractive.
Declutter Your Home: It’s crucial to start a decluttering campaign in your home, regardless of whether you hired professionals to cure your home for bed bugs or termites. Pay close attention to discarded papers, cardboard, old magazines, and newspapers because these materials are ideal habitats for pests like termites. Also, make sure never to move any furniture or other items from a room that termites have attacked to an area of your home where termites don’t strike.
Keep Earth and Wood Separate: If you have a garden, make sure that some space separates the soil and wood. Most experts agree that a minimum spacing of eighteen inches is crucial. This will lessen the likelihood that termites may attack your house’s furniture and foundation. In your patios, gardens, etc., you can use stones or cement to divide soil from the wooden area to create a physical barrier for termites.
Use Borate on Wood Before Priming or Painting: Borate is one of the most well-known termite repellents; use it on wood before priming or painting. Before painting and priming wood, borate can be sprayed on it. Termites are kept from biting and gnawing on the wood because it soaks into it. Once the termite spray has dried, you may use it to create window frames, doors, furniture, etc., by priming, painting, and finishing it as usual. For many years, termites can be repelled by this borate spray.
Items with Termite Damage Should Be Placed in the Sun: If you discover that a piece of furniture has termites, you should place it in the sun for at least three days straight. Since termites cannot withstand heat, this termite prevention method can be effective in the summer. The sun’s heat will kill the termites and evaporate moisture from the furniture, reducing the likelihood of a subsequent infestation. The wise move in this situation would be to properly dust the furniture and apply a termite spray before bringing it back into the house. To keep your furniture free of termites, you can take the same precautions with any pieces that termites might not impact.
Keep Wood Piles Away from Your Home: Wood close to your house can attract termites. Once the termites have infested the wood, they are more likely to enter your home in search of food. Therefore, store all firewood, lumber, etc., at least twenty feet from your home’s foundation.
Insecticide Sprays: Insecticide sprays are available for sale that may be used around the perimeter of your property as a form of termite control. Many insecticides are explicitly designed to target and kill common pests like ants and termites; however, some general insecticides will also work. Check the instructions on the insecticide label to ensure it is effective against termites and safe to use around your home.
Hire a Professional: If you have a severe termite problem that you cannot seem to get under control, it may be time to hire a professional exterminator. A professional can correctly identify the type of termites in your home and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate them. Also, ask the exterminator what you can do to prevent future infestations and make your home less attractive to termites.
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If termites have already invaded your property, you should first contact a pest control firm to conduct a comprehensive investigation before having termite control measures applied within your house. The expense of termite treatment will not seem unreasonable when you consider the number of damage termites can cause to the furniture and foundation of your home.
At Freedom Pest Services, we offer a wide range of termite control solutions designed to fit your home’s specific needs. We also provide preventative treatments to keep these pests from ever becoming a problem in the first place. Call us today to schedule a free consultation!