Are you Protected from termites?

May 6th, 2015

Are you Protected?

Unfortunately for many homeowners, when temperatures begin to rise so to do hungry termites.  Termites feed on wood but can also damage paper, books, insulation, swimming pool liners and filtration systems.

According to the National Pest Management Association, each year termites cause more than $5 billion in serious property damage. Termites and similar pests cause an estimated $30 billion in damage to crops and man-made structures in the U.S each year and a homeowner who discovers termite damage will spend an average of $3,000 to repair the damage. Here are four important prevention tips that will help protect your property from what many in the industry believe to be the most dangerous of all pests.

Remove stored wood, debris and cellulose materials from around the property.

Storing wood against or under your house or property will provide an attractive food source and nesting site for subterranean termites. It can also hide evidence of termites invading your property. Remove any wood and/or debris (dead leaves) away from the house and business.

Repair leaking taps and pipes

This includes leaking taps, pipes and hot water overflow pipes under or around your home or business. Repairing these will reduce residual moisture that attract subterranean termites.

Remove dead trees or stumps

Dead trees and stumps are ideal sites for termites to create nests. Remove or have them treated to reduce the risk to your property.

Don’t allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against the structure

Climbing plants growing against the side of the structure of your property provide termites with an undetected entry. The roots of some plants can also penetrate the foundations of your property allowing an access that is very difficult to locate. Ensure roots have at least a 12-inch clearance from the structure and don’t plant trees that are known for sending roots under slabs close to the home or business.

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