When it comes to protecting your home from termites, planning and preparation is key. These nasty little bugs are constantly searching for the right conditions to create their next home, and if your house offers the best environment for them to infest and thrive, you’re faced with a tremendous and costly battle.
Prevention is key, and there are a few do-it-yourself (DIY) pest control techniques you can utilize to help ensure termites don’t make your home their next cozy bed and breakfast!
- Go outside and inspect the foundation of your home several times each season. Take the time to walk around your home and look for signs of termite activity. One indicator is the presence of mud tubes, the tiny enclosures termites create to safely move through open areas to reach their food source.
- After checking the outside, check the inside. Go into the basement and crawl spaces of your home with a flashlight and perform a check of the floors, walls, and ceilings. Inspect for signs of mud tubes or wood or drywall damage, paying special attention to edges and corners.
- If you store wood for your fireplace, keep it away from the house and don’t use wood mulch around the foundation of your home. Wood mulch provides a world of feasting opportunities for termites, and firewood piles closer than 20 feet to the house offer termites easy access to the main course…your house. Using different forms of landscaping materials and maintaining your firewood pile more than 20 feet from your house are easy and effective DIY termite control methods that keep the little munchers away from your home.
- Utilize a bed of gravel to protect wood siding and buildings. Termites can easily move through soil to reach your home. To protect the siding of your home or any other wood structures, dig a trench at least 18 inches wide and 4 inches deep, and fill it with gravel. This will create a barrier that inhibits the movement of the termites and makes their food source less available. The gravel barrier also helps to support excellent drainage and reduce moisture around your home, making your building even less hospitable.
The ultimate DIY pest control solution is to make the wood in your home as unappealing as possible to termites and any other wood-boring insects.
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