After a cold and long winter season, spring will come soon and the daylight hours are longer, children will start spending more outdoors, flowers will bloom, and also as flying termites will be present. In order to prevent termites infestation, you have to be alert and be aware of the presence of termites, having roughly equal length wings and straight or droopy antennae. Termites rarely emerge from mud tubes, food sources, or soil where they create tunnels, and many homeowners never realize their presence until there is construction going on with obvious damage or until they notice an obvious swarm.
How should you inspect or examine for the presence of termites infestation? Identify and observe termite swarms, and expose by probing the wood for hollow spots using a tool like a flat screwdriver. Spring time is the prime season when termites reproduce and establish new colonies, literally munching on wooden structures like floors, walls, foundation, wallpaper, and furniture, and they are not being noticed until they have caused so much damage. Termites have caused billions of damaged properties every year because they have the capability to chew wood 24/7, thus greatly compromising the structural stability of a house. What are the preventive measures to avoid termite infestations? As much as possible, reduce or eliminate all sources of moisture at home because it attracts termites. You need to repair rotted roof shingles, fascia, soffits, and leaking water pipes, faucets, and exterior AC units. Immediately replace any loose or worn out mortar and weather stripping around windows and basement foundation. Check for signs of mud tubes in the foundation of your homes such as bubbling paint, uneven paint, and hollow-sound wood.
You have to regularly monitor all wood areas such as door frames, windows, and skirting boards. There should be a gap of at least 18 inches between the soil and any wooden portion of the home. After house construction, keeping the soil dry is important with proper drainage, and grading to prevent termite infestation. Keeping vents free from blockage is important, and reduce any possible opening of termites to reduce access to the structure such as filling cracks and holes with grout, caulk, or cement. Don’t plant shrubs, trees, and plants too close to wooden structures and foundation. Store firewood and any wood debris away from your residential house. Always remember that termites cannot be managed or controlled using DIY alone. It is best to contact a licensed pest terminator to help you.
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