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The problem with small pests is that too many people assume they aren’t big problems. Of course, big bugs are a cause for concern; but in some cases, they are less threatening than the little ones. Termites are a good example of this. Just because they are small, homeowners and business owners don’t view them as a big threat. That’s about to change. Don’t underestimate termites if you want to keep your home and your business.

Termite 101

Termites are so small that homeowners and business owners rarely see them. These insects live in walls, they crawl under homes, and they do the most damage when no one is watching. The one termite you think you have in your home may actually just be a single worker out of a few thousand living in your walls.

Termites are social insects that live in colonies that continue to grow every year. Just how big are termite colonies? This little insect that is no bigger than an inch has a few thousand friends. Termite colonies can grow to include thousands of members.

Termites do their best work in large groups. So, while you may not worry about 1 termite destroying your home or business, it is important to understand that single termite is not alone. There are thousands more working hard to destroy your structure. Deterring termites is no job for peppermint oil and vinegar sprays. Prevention is the only way to keep termites out.

How to Prevent Termites

There are a few steps you can take to prevent termites. Some you can do on your own, but others require professional assistance, not DIY solutions. Remember, once termites are in, it is difficult to control them on your own. The colonies will grow out of control. Prevention is a must! To prevent termites:

  • Install physical barriers such as walls, slabs, and treated soil, to keep termites out.
  • Seal openings, cracks, and crevices around your home to prevent termites from getting in.
  • Seal cracks in your foundation or eaves.
  • Keep yard debris and wood debris away from your home.
  • Store woodpiles away from your home and keep them off the ground.
  • Maintain your yard.
  • Do not install wooden decorations or trellises to the outside of your home.
  • Reduce moisture in basements, attics, and crawl spaces.
  • Get a professional inspection.

Termites hide well, so prevention can be difficult. It is best to combine at-home prevention methods with professional termite services to prevent and control termites for good. Call Witt Pest Management and ask us how our termite control plan protects your home or business from costly termite damage.

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