Termites are active year-round and they can do a tremendous amount of damage to a home. Thankfully, there are several DIY steps that you can take to prevent an infestation from occuring in the first place.
Termites will need two things when they infest a home: wood and moisture. While you can’t really take all the wood out of the home, you can make sure that there is not a lot of moisture to go around. With proper ventilation and sealing, you can prevent condensation from building up and seeping into the wood. Moisture is essential to termites, and when the moisture levels are low enough, your home becomes a lot less attractive to these insects.
Keep wood piles away from the home
One of the main draws for termites is firewood. Think about it – it’s dead, it might be decaying, and it’s out in the open. And once the termites infest any firewood on your property, it’s a small leap into the home. In order to avoid this problem, you can keep your firewood away from the home, and lifted off the ground. This will ensure that termites are not able to reach it, and if they do, they cannot get from the firewood to the home.
Treat your wood with termite repellents
There are repellent spray products on the market that you can apply to the wood itself in order to keep it protected from termites. These sprays can be applied to decks, fences, sheds and the like, which are often targeted by termites and which also serve as a springboard from where the termites can reach the home. There is also the option of buying wood that has already been treated with repellents.
Install a chemical barrier
A chemical barrier is one of the most effective control methods against termites. It can be installed in the ground around the home, and it is a project that can be tackled DIY. However, it can be difficult to implement effectively, which is why homeowners usually rely on professionals for this job. This is where we come in. If you would like to install a chemical barrier on your property and keep your home protected from termites, give us a call and we will send someone over as soon as possible. You can also get in touch with us with any other questions or issues you may have with termites.