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How To Prevent Termites

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Termites can cause an extensive amount of damage to the interior of your home, which can be complicated and expensive to fix. The best form of pest control against these insects is to take measures to proactively prevent them from entering and taking up residence in your home. Following a few basic steps can save you a significant amount of money and frustration down the line.

Landscaping Maintenance

The first thing that you should do to reduce the likelihood of termites taking up residence inside your home is to clean up the exterior of your property as much as possible to make it less attractive to a roving swarm of termites in the first place. You'll want to remove dead wood, which means clearing out fallen debris, but also taking a look at the health of your trees and removing dead stumps, diseased trees, and other organic matter which could prove to be attractive to termites. You may also want to reduce standing and stagnant water, since termites, like all living things, need easy access to water in order to survive.

Exterior Inspections

Beyond cleaning up the landscaping around your home, you should also take a look at the state of your home's siding and roofing. Damage and gaps in the siding and roof can allow all sorts of pests, not just termites, into your home. However, you should pay particular attention if you have wooden siding, or wooden shingles and shakes. These exterior building materials are treated with chemicals that keep out moisture and prevent pests from taking up residence, but if you notice that they have become visibly worn at all, be it through a faded color, a crack or other physical damage, or if they have begun to absorb moisture (which you can check by flicking water at their surfaces – it should bead and easily roll off), they are at risk of becoming infested by termites and need to be replaced quickly.

Repair Plumbing Issues

As previously mentioned, termites require a water source in order to survive. This means that you should pay particular attention to the pipes in your home: even a small leak can provide enough water for a termite colony to take up residence in your basement or crawlspace. You can do visual inspections yourself, but having a professional contractor come in to inspect your plumbing will get you the best results possible – and can also identify other issues with your plumbing system that may need to be addressed at the same time.

For professional help, get in touch with a business like JD Termite & Pest Control Company.