If you own a home, it is very important that you protect yourself against termite damage, something that causes billions and billions of losses around the entire world. Termites are tiny, tiny bugs that travel in packs, eating whatever wood they can. They can cause more damage, faster than you can imagine. This is why it is crucial to take any and every precaution you can when it comes to preventing termite damage to your house.
Well, the first thing you can do to prevent termites is obviously to have your home inspected regularly by a termite or pest professional. Many people do this once a year, but depending on the climate and location of your home, it may benefit you to have your house checked twice a year. If you’re considering purchasing a house, definitely make sure that the house is 100% termite-free.
One thing you should know about termites is that wet environments are their favorite, and they thrive off of them. This is because they live off of moisture in order to survive. You’ve got to make sure that there are no broken pipes in your home, even in the structure. Otherwise, you can definitely get a termite problem. Termites can fit through absolutely any small crevice. It is very important that all tiny openings and cracks on the outside and foundation of your home and fully closed and sealed.
Chemically treated wood does actually decrease the chances of getting termites. This is why if you are building a house, or remodeling, you should use termite-treated wood. You don’t have to, but you are a step ahead in preventing termites if you do. If you choose to build a patio, be sure that the wood is not in direct contact with the ground.
One of the best things you can do is be sure to not store wood or cardboard outside. Termites absolutely love old firewood, so take note. Make sure that any old wood you plan to use again is covered properly, and definitely be sure that it is not placed directly near your house.
While it seems convenient to have it close to your house since you use the firewood frequently, what’s more inconvenient is moving out of your house to fix a termite problem.
Want to know one of termites’ favorite things? Mulch! If your yard has mulch, just be sure that it is at least six inches away from the foundation of the house. Otherwise, the moisture will build up on the siding and create tiny crevices for the termites to get into.