Termites cause U.S. property owners billions of dollars in property damage each year. That is more than house fires, floods, and storms, COMBINED! Termites are a simple organism that does not require sleep. That means it can feed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A termite queen can produce millions of offspring in her lifetime and thousands of those will grow to be new queens that will form new colonies. Subterranean termites tunnel underground in search of food, as far as the length of a football field from their colony. Some termite species can live entirely inside the wood of a home undetected for years. These are scary insects, which is why we put together this list of things you can do to protect your home from termites.
Professional Pest Control. There is no better way to protect your home than year-round termite protection from a certified pest control company like the experts here at Witt Pest Management. Not only do we have the most advanced termite protection products available, like the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, we also know how to install and maintain them. That means real peace of mind.
Firewood. When termites look for a new place to live, they will choose a home with appropriate food sources. If you have firewood near or under your home, it will draw termites because their favorite dietary staple is decaying wood. Stack wood away from your home and try to get it up off the ground so that foraging subterranean termites don't find it easily.
Construction material. Though a lot of construction material is treated, it can quickly become a food source for termites when it has been cut up or when rainwater has drenched it. Make sure construction materials and scrap wood is kept away from your exterior walls.
Stumps. When you have stumps near your home, you have a preferred food source to attract winged termite reproductives by air and foraging worker termites from the soil.
Exterior walls touching the ground. If any of the wood of your home touches soil, you will be providing termites an easy meal, if at all possible avoid ground to building material contact at all times.
Bushes touching exterior walls. Termites can use bushes as a bridge to get to the wood of your home. It is always a good idea to have bushes and shrubs at least 2 feet from your exterior walls and trimmed so that branches don't touch.
Mulch stacked too high. Not only is mulch an attractant, termites can sometimes come inside mulch when you purchase it. It is a good idea to keep mulch 2 feet from your exterior walls or create some kind of barrier between the mulch and your home.
Exterior moisture. Subterranean termites require moisture to live and thrive. For this reason, they are especially attracted to property that has moist soil. Make sure all of your gutters are unobstructed and that they work to channel water away from your house.
Don't let termites catch you by surprise. Make sure your home, new or old, is protected, and safeguard your equity with a residential TopCare Plus year round pest control service from Witt Pest Management. Give us a call today and start living without a thought of pests and termites. Get protected, get Witt.