Tips for preventing termites

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Termites Can Cause Cause Costly Damage To Your Home
Termites can destroy wood. They have wings and are often confused with army ants. However, they often cause a lot more problems for home owners than a simple ant. They can wreak havoc on a house or other wooden structure. Termites will eat 24 hours a day, so they are able to do a lot of damage quickly. Once termites have done their damage, fixing the structure can be expensive and time consuming. Each year termites are responsible for over five billion dollars in property damage. It is easier to prevent termites from invading the home rather than trying to exterminate them once they have made their presence known. There are a few inexpensive and easy ways to prevent termites.

You Should Have Your Home Sprayed To Prevent Termites
One of the biggest things you can do to prevent termites is to have your home sprayed with pesticides. The frequency that you have to spray your home will vary with the type of pesticide used. Some types of pesticides will require that you only have to spray your home once a year, while other types may allow you to go a substantially longer period of time between sprayings. When the pest control technician sprays your home, they will spray the outside perimeter about 12 inches from your foundation. It is important that you do not mess with or remove any dirt in this area, or you will be removing the pesticides and making your home susceptible to termites.

Think About The Outside Of Your Home When It Comes To Preventing Termites
It is important that you pay attention to what is outside of your home when trying to prevent termites. Make sure that any mulch or inorganic ground cover, such as gravel, is not touching the foundation of your home. These materials produce weeds and maintain moisture levels which will attract termites. Your siding should be at least six inches above the ground, in order to prevent decay and deterioration which termites love. When planting shrubs or flowers be sure that you are not planting them within 12 inches of your home. When choosing shrubs, keep in mind that the shrubs may not always stay the same size and may get bigger which could pose a risk for termites being able to eat away at your home. You need to check often to make sure that the shrubs are not too close to your house and trim them back if they are.

Even Your Best Efforts May Not Always Help
In extreme circumstances, no matter what you do, termites may invade your home. It is important to inspect your baseboards and walls regularly to check for termite damage. The sooner you are able to begin treatment, the better your outcome will be. If you do need termite treatment, make sure that you hire a licensed pest control professional that has a proven track record of being able to get rid of termites successfully.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/termites/prevent.htm

http://www.pestworld.org/find-a-pest-control-professional/pest-faqs/termites/

http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/ap42/ch14/final/c14s02.pdf