Most people in Florida and Georgia are aware that termites can be a serious problem for homeowners. These pests can cause significant structural damage to the wood in your home. On average, homeowners spend around $3,000 to repair damage from termites per infestation incident, and the annual cost of termite damage in the U.S. is an estimated $5 billion. It is important for you to take steps to protect your home from termites. The expert pest control technicians at Bug Out Service can help you to rid your home of any existing termites and keep them from coming back. Here are three steps that you can take to keep your home protected from invasions of termites.
Keep Wood Away From Your Home
Termites feed on wood, so it is a good idea to keep as much of it away from your home as possible. You should try to keep firewood stored away from the exterior and at least six inches off of the ground. If you have a wooden deck, you might want to replace untreated wooden sections with treated materials. Mulch should be kept at least a few inches below the wooden siding of your home. Keep your yard clear of twigs, branches, leaves and stumps. It is important to keep your deck maintained so that it doesn't rot and attract termites.
Seal Any Potential Entry Points
Keeping your home well-maintained is important for keeping it protected from termites. During your routine maintenance, make certain to check for cracks in your brick, concrete or foundation. All of these can provide ways for termites to enter your home, so you should promptly repair them when you find them.
Reduce Moisture Exposure
Termites need moisture to survive in addition to food. You can minimize the chances of termite infestations by reducing the amount of moisture. You should make certain that your gutters and downspouts are in good repair and divert water away from your home's foundation. Make certain to fix any leaky pipes and faucets, and seal around them.
Know the Signs of Termites
It is important for you to recognize the signs of termites, including the following:
- Mud tunnels on your interior or exterior walls
- Swarms of ant-like insects in the spring
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Damage to wood
- Termite droppings or discarded wings
Get Help From the Professionals at Bug Out Service
The professionals at Bug Out Service can treat your home for termites and help to keep your home protected. We use the Sentricon® System, which offers ongoing, continuous protection. The ongoing protection afforded by this system can help to rid your home of termites and keep them from returning so that you can enjoy peace of mind. Contact Bug Out Service today to learn more.