Termites – they’re every homeowner’s worst nightmare. No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, the threat of termites will always be alive and well. After all, termites don’t care if they destroy your home in order to enjoy a tasty meal of wood. From scrap wood in your backyard to the support beams inside your home, anything is fair game. That’s why it’s incredibly important to take steps now to prevent termites from appearing before any damage can happen.
Here are our top 5 tips to help you prevent termites from entering and damaging your home:
Get an Annual Inspection – If you aren’t getting your home inspected for termites once a year, then put this at the top of your to-do list. Start getting regular, annual termite inspections from a qualified professional. He or she will be able to determine if termites are around or if there had been any previous activity by examining the wood in and around your home.
Close Off Their Access Points – Look for any gaps around your water and gas lines where termites could enter and seal them. Also, examine your home’s exterior for any small cracks in the exterior wood, and seal all cracks, joints, and crevices to prevent termites from entering. Wood-to-ground contact is also a common access point for subterranean termites in particular, so wherever possible, reduce any wood-to-ground contact in your home and treat the wood with termite-targeting pesticide.
Cut Out Their Food Sources – While you can’t completely eliminate wood in and around your home, you can take steps to reduce termites’ food sources. Start by removing dead trees, firewood, and any other dead wood that could house dry-wood termites from your property. Also, throw out any extra cellulose materials around your home, including in your crawlspaces. Make sure that you use cellulose-free landscaping materials and that they are at least 6 inches back from your foundation, too.
Reduce Excess Moisture – If you have any moisture issues in your basement or crawlspace, make sure to address those problems right away to keep subterranean termites away. Fix any leaky plumbing, faulty gutters, and air conditioner condensation lines that might be dripping as well.
Keep an Eye Out for Any Suspicious Activity – Although an annual inspection for termites can be a great help, it’s always important to check wood as you go. Inspect any lumber you might use for home or gardening projects before using them. Also, watch for any signs of dry-wood termites near areas that have wood shingles as they can grant them easy access into your home or garage.
Prevention is always smart when it comes to protecting your home not only against termites but also against storms, fires, and other hazards. Remember to call your Madison Mutual agent to see if your home insurance policy is up-to-date!