Did you know that anywhere from 60,000 to 1 million termites may live in a single subterranean colony?
Standard insurance policies don’t cover termite damage, so prevention should be a top priority. Regular inspections by experienced professionals should be conducted at least once a year, but there are measures that homeowners can take in the interim.
Moisture is highly conducive to termite infestation. Diverting water away from your home will make it much less inviting. Be quick to repair leaky plumbing. Fix dripping air conditioner condensation lines. Check the faucet area behind the washing machine. Attend to moisture problems in the basement, crawlspace and attic. Don’t let water pool around your foundation or on the roof, and regularly clean your gutters.
Cut Off the Food Supply
It’s cellulose that termites are after. This plentiful organic compound is in wood, plants, plant byproducts and even paper.
Termites have clever ways of finding it. They build elaborate colonies in the soil and travel through tunnels and tubes to reach food sources above the ground. They are not picky; supper could be rotted wood, mulch, decaying vegetation, heavy brush, waste lumber or your house. Whatever they come to first gets eaten. You can deter them by keeping their food sources out of reach.
Pull up dead plants and their roots. Avoid planting dense bushes close to your home. Keep your property clear of fallen branches and twigs.
Wood siding should be at least 6 inches from the ground. Store firewood well away from your home, ideally on a concrete slab or elevated metal rack. Leaning scrap lumber against the house is like sending the termites an engraved invitation to dinner.
Mulch and pine needles are great for gardening because they keep the soil moist. Termites are crazy about them for the same reason. Don’t lay them down directly adjacent to your house. They should be at least 6 inches from the foundation. You may also use rubber mulch as an alternative.
Seal Off Entry Points
Inspect your home to make sure that there aren’t any cracks or holes in the foundation, doorframes or windowsills. Seal gaps around gas and water lines.
Trust Your Home to Bug Out
Termites are especially fond of Georgia. That’s why we’re committed to protecting your family and your investment in metro Atlanta. Our thorough inspection will cover your home’s interior, exterior and surrounding property. We’ll propose the customized treatment plan that’s best suited to the construction style of your house. Our courteous, professional team members are experienced with termites and other pests. They are extensively trained in the newest and safest technologies.
We’re so confident in our service that we offer a warranty. If termite problems recur during the warranty period, we’ll treat them at no charge. Call Bug Out today, and sleep better tonight.