If you’ve ever known someone to experience a termite infestation before, then you’re probably already aware of just how problematic the issue can be. Aside from the fact that bugs, in any form, are a nuisance, one of the main problems with termites is that they feed off of wood. In fact, Subterranean termites (some of the most destructive ones currently living in America) are able to consume as much as 16 grams of wood daily. This equates to almost 13 pounds annually. If they are left undetected, it’s just a matter of time before they can do a lot of damage to your house.
So, in the effort to make sure that this never happens to you, we wanted to provide you with five DIY terminate prevention tips for homeowners below:
Fix water leaks. Something that termites enjoy are dark, wet places. This means that areas like basements with cracks in the foundation, or baseboards under a kitchen sink that have leak are a prime spot for termites to dwell. That’s why it’s important that you conduct an energy audit twice a year. That will help you detect things like torn insulation, faulty appliances and yes, even water leaks. (To learn how to conduct your own energy audit, visit Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.)
Watch how you store your wood. Being that termites feast off of wood, you definitely don’t want a lot of it being close to your house. So, whether it’s firewood or scrap wood, try and keep all of it several feet away from your home and only hold onto what you absolutely need.
Keep mulch away from your home. Although a lot of us use mulch in order to protect our grass and plants (especially during the winter season), they tend to give termites two things that they want most: moisture and wood. That’s why it’s also a good idea to keep mulch as far away from your house too. In fact, if you’re interested in an alternative to wood mulch, you might want to try using some rubber mulch instead. That will help to significantly reduce the risk of termites infesting your home due to the mulch that is around it. One website that sells rubber mulch is Rubber Mulch. But you can also purchase some at Mulch Direct, Home Depot and even Costco.
Seal holes up. Did you know that termites can come through a crack that’s as small as the side of a dime? This means that you need to do all that you can to keep holes and cracks, especially alongside your windowsills and doors, sealed at all times. So, if you happen to notice a bit of a draft, pick up some caulking at your local home improvement store. Applying a bit of it to the area should do the trick.
Make sure your home is well-ventilated. If you were to ask Powederpost Beetle Control Treatments and Spray for some tips that are directly related to termite prevention , something that they might recommend is that you make sure the rooms of your house remain well-ventilated. That’s because when air is circulating well throughout your home, that reduces the amount of humidity in the air, making it less of a welcoming environment for termites. So, open up your windows and turn on your ceiling fans from time to time. The fresh air will be great for you and a deterrent for those pesky termites too.