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The Best Way To Protect Your West Chester Property From Termites

Learn More About Termites

Termites are mysterious pests. Most West Chester property owners don't know all that much about them—even after doing research on the internet. One of the hardest things to learn about termites is how to prevent property damage. The problem is that the information on the internet, even when it is correct, can be applied incorrectly and leave your property exposed to the threat of termite damage. So, what is the best way to protect your West Chester property? Our answer may surprise you.

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Your Secret Weapon Against Termites

You may already know that certified termite control professionals use termite bait stations or liquid termiticide treatments to protect properties from termites. We don't recommend that you do this. Why? Because there are many ways these trusted methods can fail when applied by an untrained individual. And, when they fail, you're not likely to know it. This can lead to extensive property damage, over time. What is your secret weapon against termites? Knowledge. No, we're not recommending that you get certified to be a termite control professional—though, it is a great career path if you're interested. We're talking about the kind of knowledge that will help you resist termite activity and catch termite problems early.

Resisting Termites

When termites come into your yard, they're looking for two things. You know one of them. Termites eat wood. If you provide sources of food, termites will be drawn to your property. Food also allows termite colonies to grow more quickly. Here are a few examples of conditions that you can alter to resist termite activity.

  • When you collect dead branches in your yard and stack them into a nice, neat pile, you just set out a buffet for termites.

  • When you rake leaves into piles and let them sit, these can attract termites. It is best to bag and remove leaves.

  • When you stack firewood on the ground, termites have easy access. It is best to elevate wood piles and keep them off the ground.

  • When you collect scrap wood after a construction project and store it under your deck or bury it in your yard, termites are going to take notice.

  • When you have wood-to-soil contact on your deck, termites can get right up into your property without leaving any warning signs. It is best to put concrete blocks underneath your deck supports.

What is the other thing termites look for? Moisture. Termites are drawn to moist soil. The skin of a termite worker is thin and requires a lot of moisture. It is also likely that workers know that moist soil usually means rotting wood is available to feed on. Here are a few examples of conditions that lead to moisture problems.

  • When a gutter is clogged, the rainwater that runs down the roof pours over the sides rather than channeling down through the gutter system and away from the perimeter of the home. This soaks the exterior and creates the conditions for wood rot to occur. It also leads to perimeter saturation. Ground that is saturated with water takes longer to dry and the moisture and humidity linger.

  • When a downspout is broken, this is a fast track toward ground saturation.

  • When the ground near the foundation of a home erodes, it can create a bowl that catches water. We don't need to tell you how bad that is.

  • When landscaping is not properly tended, dense vegetation can trap moisture and keep the ground moist.

Detecting Termites

An annual inspection is a lot of hard work, but it is well worth the effort. Keep in mind that you can have a certified professional perform this inspection for you. Not only will you save yourself the chore of doing it, you'll get the best possible inspection. If you prefer to do it yourself, here are a few tips.

  • Inspect surfaces for mud tubes. Subterranean termites create these above-ground shelter tubes to go from the soil to wood sources that are above ground. You can find them on the outside of your foundation walls, but also on many interior surfaces.

  • Inspect dark, damp locations for wood damage. When termites feed on wood in damp areas, they sometimes leave damage that is visible. Most often, however, they will seal any breaches in their tunnel walls with soil and saliva. Look for mud spots.

  • Inspect spider webs for termite swarmer wings. These wings will all be the same length, and they will be white with rounded tips.

  • Consider all conducive conditions on your property and do your best to address them.

If You Need Assistance

Remember that Moyer Pest Control is always available to assist West Chester property owners with the highest level of pest control. We offer annual termite inspections as wells as liquid treatments or termite baiting solutions. We can guide you toward the right solution for your property and your budget.

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