Termite Infestation!

How to Prevent Termite Infestation

Termites may be tiny, but they do billions worth of damage to homes, buildings, and other structures. Fortunately, there are various ways to prevent termite infestation, and the best ones would always be those that don’t include the use of any harmful chemicals.

Today, we will be sharing with you proven tips and tricks on naturally preventing termite infestation.

Preventive Measure You Can Do Yourself

  • Avoid using mulch for landscaping.

The first step is to avoid using mulch. Mulch looks fantastic and comes in a wide variety of colors but it’s made from wood, and as we all know, wood is the preferred food source of termites. Placing this near your home or any building would only create an environment where termites can live and thrive.

  • Don’t stack wooden materials at your home.

It may be very tempting to stack your firewood near the house for easier access, but firewood also serves as a food source for termites, just like mulch. It is better to store wood in an elevated place and sealed in a container made from metal or plastic (anything that is non-wood).

  • Pay attention to the warning signs of infestation.

Of course, termites don’t just arrive overnight. It takes time for this to happen, and sadly, they will not go away on their own either. Once you notice mud-like tubes, small pin-like holes in wood, or even sawdust around the skirting, then chances are you already have an infestation. Don’t think twice. Call an expert immediately if you believe that the infestation is already widespread around the house.

  • Remove dead trees and branches around the area.

As proven by science, deadwood attracts termites because the primary purpose of these little bugs is to assist in the decay process of dead trees, branches, and shrubs. To avoid having a termite infestation, make sure you get rid of dead branches or trees lying around on your property.

  • Seal the building annually.

Termites are tiny so can easily pass through small openings and gaps. Make sure you fix the cracks in your home’s foundation and reseal the spaces around your doors and windows every once in a while. If you have a crawl space or a vent, make sure that these have bug screens to prevent termites from gaining access to them.

  • Try natural remedies.

Aside from meticulous attention, you can help prevent termite infestation by using some natural remedies like the following:

  • Orange oil. You can spray orange oil in the areas that are at high risk of termite infestation. This includes attics, crawl spaces, and other nooks and crannies.
  • Cardboard. You can set up cardboard traps. Cardboards (wood-based) contain cellulose that can attract termites. Try setting these up in some areas. If termites do come, they will hopefully gather in these traps and you can dispose of them easily.
  • Sunlight. Termites are known to hate sunlight. So, expose those damp or infested areas and furniture to sunlight to kill off the termites.
  • Diatomaceous earth. A concoction of diatom fossils is often used in controlling garden pests. You can mix this into your water or paint and use it on the infested areas or as a preventive measure, you can also mix this into garden soil.
  • Don’t skimp on annual termite inspection.

Yes, it may cost you a bit, but that is better than worrying about your broken floors or walls once they become heavily infested by termites. Just because you don’t have any termite problems today doesn’t mean that they won’t give you a headache a few years from now.

Trust the experts and know that their thorough inspection process can help identify possible termite colonies already present on your property and they can then perform the necessary treatments and procedures to address this potential problem.

Conclusion

Termites are indeed a menace when it comes to houses, buildings and other structures.  But, with some natural remedies and keen attention, you can prevent this annoyance from happening.

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Bruce

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