Termite season is here. Now that the temperatures are warmer, termites don’t have to nest under the ground to stay warm, so they can explore new territory for food. Termites also emerge to mate and to form new colonies. While they are out looking for new sources of food and mates to reproduce, they may find their way into your home – and that’s exactly what you don’t want.
You still have time to protect your home against these unwelcome pests. Here are a few things you can do to safeguard your home against termites this season:
Termites usually travel wherever they find moisture. They usually travel through the dirt, and that can take them right under your home or into your crawl space. They may not be drawn into your home by the wood, but they can end up there accidentally and decide to stay.
You can reduce this risk by creating a buffer zone around your home. Don’t let the soil meet your home. Create a strip of gravel or stone around your home, or use another barrier method. Talk to a pest control expert to determine the best methodology.
Moisture attracts termites. They need a lot of water to survive, so they need to be in moist environments. You can keep termites away from your home by ensuring that there are no attractive sources of moisture.
Your crawl space should be well-ventilated and moisture-proofed. You should install drainage to keep pools of standing water out of your yard. Check your plumbing to make sure you have no pipe leaks. Get rid of any and all moisture, and you will drastically reduce the chances that you’ll get termites in your home.
The other thing that termites need besides water is wood. You may have a lot of wood around your home that can draw your termites closer. You need to get rid of any wood near your home so that termites don’t eat straight through that and then onto your home.
Don’t put any mulch next to your home. Any mulch you use in your yard should be treated. If you have any additions put onto your home, such as a deck or walkway, make sure that it is treated to protect against termites. Trim back any tree branches or bushes that are close to your home, and grind up any old stumps that are close. Do not pile firewood, newspaper, or other wood near your home. Keep it farther away in your yard, and put it on a stone or concrete slab if you can.
Termites are tiny pests, so they can slip into the tiniest of cracks around your home. You can make your home a fortress by sealing up as many cracks as you can, if not all of them. Pay special attention to the areas around windows and doors, as well as around the foundation. Use the appropriate sealer to ensure that it doesn’t crack soon after you do the work.
You should consider hiring a professional to do this job for you since it takes a trained eye to identify all the potential openings for termites and the proper strategies for sealing those openings.
You don’t need to wait until you see termites to treat your home for them. In fact, by the time you see termites, your home has likely already suffered extensive damage. Therefore, you should hire a local exterminator to implement a preventive treatment to keep your home safe from these destructive pests.
Now is the ideal to get your termite prevention treatment since they are getting ready to be active.
Termites pose a serious threat to your home. You need to take preventive action to protect your property and your family. Implement these tips to minimize your risk of a termite infestation. Work with a pest control expert to get a preventive treatment that will protect against termites and other common Arizona pests.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control can help protect your home. A pest control technician from our team can discover any current insect infestations and will help you understand the best pest control services to get to protect your home. We can eradicate any current infestations, and we can treat your home to protect it from future invasions. Call us today to schedule an inspection in Phoenix or to learn more about our pest control services.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control – Gary Dobert
6056 E Baseline Rd #122