Termites are basically a homeowner’s worst nightmare. These destructive pests cause thousands of dollars in property damage every single year. It is important that you do everything in your power to keep termites from finding your home appealing in the first place. There are several steps you can take to safeguard your home against these pests and A-Tex Pest Management is here to share them with you.
Eliminate Wood Contact With the Ground to Prevent Termites
Anytime there is wood that is coming in contact with the ground, it can cause damage which can lead to termite infestation. Termites are much more attracted to wood that has sustained moisture damage than damage free wood. If your door frames, wood siding or decks are touching the ground, you need to do what you can to fix the problem so that you don’t end up with a termite problem down the road.
Proper Water Drainage System to Keep Termites Away
Just like you don’t want wooden structures to be making contact with the ground because of moisture issues, your home drainage system needs to be working properly to move the water away from your home. Your gutters, downspouts and splash blocks need to be in place so that you aren’t dealing with water near your foundation. If there is any leaking plumbing or excessive moisture for any reason, it needs to be repaired to avoid attracting termites to the area.
Store Firewood Properly to Keep Termites Out
You should never be storing firewood piles near your home to avoid termite problems. They don’t care what type of wood they can find, they will take it over and eat on it. When your firewood stack is near your home, you could have termites that start out in the pile and then move over your home for their next meal. Your firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from your home to avoid this problem.
Best Mulch to Avoid Termites
As beautiful as mulch may look in your flowerbeds, it can also lead to termite problems if you aren’t careful. Not only is mulch made from wood, but it is also designed to retain moisture. This is the perfect storm for a termite infestation. You are far better off choosing small gravel or rock which will still keep moisture in your flowerbeds without attracting termites like mulch will.
Termite Pest Inspections, Control & More in Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Cedar Park & Austin Texas
It is important with any termite infestation, that you catch the problem right away. This is why termite inspections are so important. It is often hard to detect termite problems with an untrained eye. The pest professionals at A-Tex Pest Management have the experience and expertise dealing with termite problems, to be able to detect and eradicate any termite infestation you may be dealing with. It is recommended to have a termite infestation every year to avoid costly repairs in extensive damage down the road. Obviously if you see any signs of termite activity like mud tubes on your foundation, or hollow sounding wood, you need to call us right away!