Termites can invade a home in any state in the country, and because of the extreme amount of damage they can do in a very short period of time, learning how to protect your home is of the utmost importance.
Termites like dark, damp places so make your home less appealing. Start by eliminating any area where water collects in or near your home. Lay a plastic barrier in the basement, attic, and any crawl space to help prevent dampness. Use a dehumidifier to limit moisture in the basement or crawl space.
Outside, close off entrance points by caulking cracks or holes in the foundation, and remove any scrap lumber or loose wood from near your home. Trim back any trees or shrubs from the walls or foundation, to keep termites from making a home there.
Identifying termites can be a little more difficult, as sometimes you don’t know they have invaded until the damage is found. Termites build mud tunnels to travel. The tunnels are about as wide as a pencil and may be around the foundation or crawl space.
A tell-tale sign of termites is the saw dust or dirt piles generally found in corners, at the base of a wall, in window sills and behind wood trim. Termites also leave long, thin hollowed out trails along wood beams and walls.
If you have even a mere suspicion that termites might be in or near your home, call a termite control professional for an inspection.
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