Dealing with the Pests: Five Solutions to Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites threaten homes in every part of the country thanks to their ability to adapt to a variety of climates. Every year, they cause more damage to American structures than fire and bad weather combined. The problem is particularly bad in Phoenix and Tucson, where the warm weather keeps termites happy.
It’s not always easy to identify subterranean termites. Two of the warning signs are seeing swarms of the insects and finding small mud tubes near the foundation of the home. You also should be on the lookout for broken wings, which are usually present after a swarm.
1. Be Mindful During the Construction Process
This tip is only relevant for those who are in the process of building or doing an addition on their home, but it’s important enough that it’s worth mentioning. During the construction process, be sure to avoid burying scrap wood anywhere near the structure. If there are tree roots, remove them completely before pouring the foundation, even if they don’t get in the way. Also consider investing in a physical barrier for termite prevention, which can only be installed during the construction process.
2. Store Wood in its Own Location
Stacking wood against the side of the house might seem like a good idea, but you’ll be much better off designing a special shed or shelter for your firewood. Having wood near the home is basically like placing a giant “welcome” sign for subterranean termites.
3. Fight Against Moisture
Like all living beings, termites require water to live. Therefore, you can discourage their presence in your home by keeping things dry as possible. Make sure to inspect your gutters and downspouts for leaks and clogs, which can lead to water spilling down the side of your home. Avoid attempting to create lush gardens right alongside the house. They might look beautiful, but they’ll also require moisture that will draw pests toward your home.
You’ll also want to reduce humidity indoors. Ensure that attics, basements and crawl spaces all have proper fans for ventilation.
4. Soil and Foundation Solutions
You can apply termite treatments to the soil surrounding your home to form a barrier against termite entry. However, if you’re not careful, you could end up wasting your time and money. A properly placed treatment will create an adequate barrier, but it’s easy to miss a spot that could allow an infestation to begin. It’s also easy to misdiagnose the issue in the first place. You don’t want to treat for subterranean termites when you’re really dealing with ants.
5. Contact the Professionals
If you want the most bang for your buck, the professionals are your best bet. While it might seem that your problem is minor, you could have a huge infestation under the surface. If so, you might be in a sea of expenses in a few years. Your home is your greatest asset, and it’s worth investing in professional care to protect it.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a termite inspection, contact us at Burns Pest Elimination today.