Spring is just around the corner, and unfortunately, it’s also the time when termites start swarming, which can be a major headache for homeowners.
These little pests can cause serious property damage to your home, furniture, and other structures, resulting in expensive repairs. That’s why it’s so important to take preventative measures to avoid a termite infestation this spring.
Here are five ways you can keep termites away:
1. Store Wood Away from Your Home
Termites are attracted to wood, so any wooden structure(s) close to your home can be an open invitation for them.
In order to prevent a possible infestation, make sure you store firewood stacks, old furniture, and untreated lumber away from your home. Ideally, keep them at least 5 feet away from your house and 5 inches off the ground (the further, the better). Also, avoid stacking wood against your home’s exterior walls, your foundation, or inside your garage, as this can provide a direct pathway for termites to enter your home.
If you have any old furniture or wooden structures you no longer use, consider getting rid of them or keeping them as far away from your home as possible.
2. Mitigate Moisture Levels
Termites also love damp environments, so it’s critical to keep moisture in and around your property under control. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good condition and direct water away from your home’s foundation. Regularly check for any leaks or standing water near the base of your home or crawl space, and fix them promptly to prevent the perfect environment for termites to thrive. Good ventilation is also key to preventing moisture buildup in the attic, basement, or crawl space.
3. Seal Any Cracks or Holes in Your Home’s Exterior
Termites can easily enter your home through cracks and holes in your home’s exterior. To prevent this, seal any openings in your foundation, walls, and roof. You can use silicone-based caulk and a variety of other products.
Make sure to check your home’s exterior regularly to identify any new cracks or holes that need sealing.
4. Avoid Excessive Use of Mulch
Mulch can help retain moisture in your garden, but it can also attract termites. Avoid using excessive amounts of mulch around your home’s foundation, as this can create a moist environment that is attractive to termites. If you must use mulch, make sure to keep it at least 5ft away from your home’s foundation (just like any other wood material).
5. Schedule Regular Termite Inspections
Regular termite inspections can help you detect any termite activity in your home before it becomes a major problem. Consider scheduling a professional termite inspection every year or two to ensure that your home is termite-free.
A pest control expert can identify any signs of termite activity and recommend preventative measures to protect your home from termite damage and any future infestations.
Termite Control Services In Fort Worth
Buzz Kill Pest Control has been helping homeowners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area deal with termite infestations since 2008! Our team of pest control experts knows how to identify and manage any termite problem, and we’re committed to delivering the highest quality pest control services.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation or have any questions about our termite extermination services, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our pest control company offers free termite inspections and estimates, so you can get the information you need to make an informed decision about how to protect your home. With locations throughout the metro area, we’re ready to help you no matter where you live or work.
Our pest control professionals offer a wide variety of services for residential and commercial properties, including:
- Rodent Control, Rodent Prevention, and Rodent Removal
- Termite Inspections, Termite Treatments, and Termite Control
- Bed Bug Infestation Services
- And much more for a variety of other common pests!
So if you want to keep your home safe from termites and other unwanted pests this upcoming spring, give Buzz Kill Pest Control a call today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you have and schedule your free termite inspection.