As spring kicks into high gear, it’s time for all of us to start thinking more about pest control. In particular, we know that many customers are worried about termite control.
There are many steps you can take to ensure that your home or commercial property is safe from termites and other wood destroying insects. However, we think they can be broken down into three main categories: prevention, vigilance, and action.
The best way to recover from a termite problem is to never have one in the first place. While sometimes even the most responsible homeowner ends up with termites, there are several steps you can take to keep the termites at bay:
- Minimize wood-to-soil contact. This means not storing
firewood or other wood debris close to your home, not affixing wooden trellises
for plants directly to your walls, etc.
- Keep your home as dry as possible. Fix leaky faucets, leaky
roofs, and other problems that might lead to moisture where you don’t want it
- Install vapor barriers and automatic ventilators to keep the
places of your home you can’t see dry and inhospitable to termites.
- Contact us for a termite prevention plan. We can work on both existing structures and new construction projects.
Even if you’ve taken preventive measures, it’s important to keep an eye out for possible termites or termite damage. While it can be hard to catch termites early, it’s certainly not impossible. Here is what you should watch out for:
- Wood damage: The easiest way to tell if you have termites is
to see if they have already damaged your wood. Test wooden surfaces like
windowsills by gently tapping them with the handle of a screwdriver or other
lightweight tool. If the wood sounds hollow, you could have termite damage.
- Mud tubes: Termites use tubes made of wood and soil to
protect themselves. Look for these tubes (about the size of a straw) around
your baseboards, pipes, chimney, etc.
- Dead insects: You may not be able to tell the difference between a dead termite and a dead ant or other insect. However, seeing large numbers of dead insects is never a good sign.
In a way, this is the easiest step of all. Once you notice signs of termites or want to take preventive measures, simply give us a call. The experts here at Killo Exterminating know all the facets of termite prevention and extermination. We will come up with a comprehensive plan to allay your concerns and make your home or other building safe from termites.There’s no reason to wait: the safety and structural integrity of your property are at stake. Call us today for help making your home and property termite free!