4 Tips To Prevent Termites In West Chester
March 9, 2015
Termites are nasty, little insects that can infest your home quickly and cause structural damage you can’t see until it becomes an expensive fix. Termites are known for causing around $5 billion in property damage every year in the United States. These pests will eat wood 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They dig tunnels to get to their food source and build a colony that can have up to 2 million members. Swarmer termites fly out during the spring and start new colonies. If termites are left to their own devises and not properly taken care of, they can eventually bring down an entire building. With large colonies that are always eating away at wood and hard to spot termites, eliminating this pest on your own is nearly impossible. If you even think that you might have termites in your home, it is best to contact a professional pest exterminator as soon as possible.
Here are four basic tips to try and keep your home termite free:
If you have wood stored outside of your home, make sure that it is at least 20 feet from your home. This may seem inconvenient, especially in the winter, but it will save you the head ache of termites in the spring.
Remove any fallen or dead wood from your property. An old log or fallen tree branch from a winter storm is a great place for termites to start a colony. It is best if you can keep them completely off of your property. This will help them from even trying to invade your home.
Termites love to eat wood but even better they love wood that is moist. The number one place to avoid water build up is at the foundation of your home. This would allow termites to get into your home and damage the foundation of your home before you might even notice.
Consult a professional pest exterminator for more tips and to set up a home inspection. If you are buying a home or renting it is a good idea to get a pest assessment before committing to the home. If you buy a home and find it has termites, it could be a very big headache. If you have never had a professional pest exterminator take a look at your home, it is never too late. If they find termites, they will be the best equipped to take care of them completely and make sure that they do not return.