Termite Season Is Here!
Right now we are in the middle of Termite Awareness Weeks (March 11th-March 17th) and that’s why we would like to share some of the things you need to look out for if you want to protect your home from termites, now that the temperatures are getting warmer.
What Attracts Termites?
Termites look for three elements in an environment: moisture, darkness, and nourishment. One of the most common areas of infestation are neglected areas with undetected leaks. Since termites feed on wood, they also make sure to build nests close to these sources. As so, these areas will likely also include lumber, firewood, newspaper, or other cellulose material. Removing these elements from your home can help diminish infestations.
How to Help Keep Termites Away?
Identifying and eliminating attractions can help keep termites out. As so, you should regularly monitor your property for leaks and immediately clean spills. Preventative measures should even be taken outside. This includes keeping the soil around your home dry. If left unattended, the moisture can seep into the ground near your home’s wood foundation. The result? A moist, dark, wood-filled environment inviting termites to nest. Consider using gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks to divert water. Additionally, you should not overuse sprinklers or irrigation systems. These termite control week tips can help you be more cautious of your environment. That said, you should still consult a professional to receive a proper inspection of your home
How to Tell if Termites are in Your Home?
Besides seeing swarmers, you can identify termites in your home by spotting mud tubes and frass. Mud tubes are pencil-thin tubes that line walls or wood structures. Termites nest inside of these tubes. While checking for termites inside can help confirm an infestation, we do not recommend you do so. Instead, keep an eye out for other signs of infestation like termite droppings – also referred to as frass. If you see mud tubes, you may also spot frass nearby.
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