Eco-Friendly Pest Control: Safe Termite Control Management Tips
The long days of winter will soon be replaced by longer daylight hours, wherein children will play outdoors, flowers will bloom, and flying termites will start to invade our homes again. Termites have roughly equal length wings and straight antennae. Termites rarely emerge from food sources, mud tubes, or soil where they create tunnels, and many people just realize they have termites infestation when they see a swarm or notice them during construction.
How do you check the presence of termites? You can use a flat screwdriver to probe and expose the wood for hollow spots, and check for the presence of swarms. Spring time is the perfect time for swarmers to mate and create new colonies, eating wooden foundation, floors, walls, and furniture, being unnoticed until the damage is obvious. Billions of dollars are spent by millions of homeowners in the United States every year and the extent of damage beyond repair every year because termites greatly compromise the structural integrity of a house or building by chewing wood for 24/7 non-stop. What are the preventive measures to avoid termite infestations? You have to reduce or if possible eliminate all sources of moisture because termites love moist areas. Repair leaking water pipes, faucets, exterior AC units, soffits, fascia, and rotted roof shingles. Replace worn out and lose weather stripping and mortar around windows and basement foundation. Regularly inspect your home’s foundation for signs of mud tubes that termites pass through to reach their food sources such as bubbling and uneven paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
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. Keeping the soil dry, proper drainage, and grading are important post-construction to prevent termite infestation. Fill in cracks in cement foundations and utilities passing through the wall with grout, caulk, or cement. Don’t plant shrubs, trees, and plants too close to wooden structures and foundation. Keep the firewood away from the house. Always remember that termites cannot be managed or controlled using DIY alone. A professional pest management control specialist is needed to help resolve termite problems.
It is important to deal with a trusted, reliable, and reputable termites control specialist to address termites infestation. It will help checking the reputation of the company with the Better Business Bureau, and social media comments. Allow us to help you out by checking our homepage or website enow.