When it comes to dealing with termites, prevention is key. Preventing a termite infestation is a lot less expensive than paying to get rid of one. Learn a bit about what to do - and what not to do - when it comes to preventing termites.
If you're trying to prevent termites at home, put away the insecticide; spraying it won't help. Do not store cellulose-based materials like cardboard boxes, wood piles and wooden objects beneath the home or in direct contact with the soil. Doing so can create a perfect entry point into the home for termites.
Keep gardens, wood piles, bark, mulch, trees and bushes away from the direct perimeter of the house.
Repair leaking shower heads, sinks and other moisture-causing problems right away; excessive moisture creates a suitable environment for termites.
Check for moisture beneath the house regularly, and check frequently to ensure that subfloor ventilation is adequate. Make sure that subfloor drainage is effective and that moisture isn't accumulating beneath the home.
Don't use untreated timbers for retaining walls or to form garden beds. They can encourage the attack of termites and create a major infestation in your home.
You should have termite control conducted on a regular basis, to ensure that the pests aren't sneaking in to your home. The sooner they are detected and eradicated, the less damage that can occur - and the less money you'll ultimately have to spend.
Learn a few of the telltale signs of termite infestations, including: mud trails, signs of mud accumulation on door and window joins and similar places, chewing and/or tapping noises behind plaster walls, blistered paint in places like window and door architraves and mud structures in the cavities of ceilings in the home. By knowing about these signs, you can put an end to termite infestations more quickly and efficiently.