Termites are alive and well in many parts of the country, and if you are not diligent and take prevention to keep them from infesting your home, they can cause quite a bit of damage to your property. Fortunately, there are many methods you can use to protect your home from these pests. Here are three home professionals that can help you control termites around your home to prevent a termite infestation.
The landscaping around your home can either promote termite infestations or protect your home against them. Wood and other dead organic materials hold in moisture and provide the perfect home and food source for termites, so you should not place it around the exterior of your home.
It is best to install an ornamental gravel bedding area several feet wide around the perimeter of your home. This will create a protective barrier around your home where termites won't want to live because they won't be able to live within the rock.
Talk to your landscaper about cleaning up any organic debris around the outside of your house and even nearby your home. Dead leaves can promote termite colonies.
Any trees around your yard can also contribute to a termite risk. Be sure to trim and remove any dead branches from your trees, as they can provide a decaying food source for termites. And trim back trees that touch your home's exterior or extend over the roof of your home. This type of tree growth can create an entryway for them to gain access to your home.
If you have asked your tree trimmer to cut up dead branches from your yard to store as firewood, be sure you store them well away from your home. You should store the firewood in an area that is several feet away from nearby any structures and up several inches from the ground.
Professional Pest Control
Once you have tackled these areas of your yard with termite prevention, it is also a good idea to call your local termite professional for their services They can use various treatments on your home's exterior and its soil to keep out and kill any termites present.
For example, they can apply a liquid termite treatment to the soil around the perimeter of your house. This creates a barrier against any termites that might find their way into the soil. Your termite professional can also apply a bait to areas that they suspect contains termites, which will kill the colony and prevent further termite damage to the wood of your home.
Reach out to a local pest control company for more info.