If you have a home, you owe it to yourself to inspect for termites at least once a year. Termites any tiny little insects that can destroy your home from the inside out. They feast on exposed wood, and once they set up shop in your home, they won't stop feasting until you destroy them – and the colonies they've set up. Here are three steps you should take to protect your home against termite damage.
Identify the Culprit
Before you can properly destroy the termites in your home, you need to know the type that you're being affected by. While the most common type of termite is the subterranean termite, the dry wood and damp wood termites can also do considerable damage to your home. The subterranean termite is found throughout North America. It will feed on all types of wood product, including paper, books and even cotton. Damp wood termites are usually found in the western portion of the United States, including California and Texas. This type of termite usually feeds on moist wood and have small colonies. The dry wood termite is found in the southern states, including South Carolina. They prefer to feed on dry wood and also have small colonies.
Call in the Professionals
Once you know what type of termite you're dealing with, you should call an exterminator. While you can try to control the problem through natural do-it-yourself methods, you're better off calling in the professionals – especially if you have a serious infestation that involves your entire home. In most cases, your exterminator will be able to eradicate the problem using soil and spray pesticides. However, if the infestation is severe, your home may need an extensive treatment that will require tenting your home for fumigation. Should that be necessary, you'll have to leave the home during the treatment process.
Prevent Future Infestations
After the termites have been banished from your home, you'll want to make sure they don't return. That will require some advance work on your behalf. Here are some basic steps you should take to keep the termites away.
- Remove debris from around the foundation of your home
- Stack fire wood away from your home
- Eliminate moisture around the foundation
Termites can destroy your home. If you've discovered termites in your home, you need to get rid of them as soon as possible. The information provided here will help you identify, eradicate, and prevent termite problems in your home.
For additional info, contact a local pest control company.