Termites are one pest that can strike fear in the heart of even the most seasoned home owners. Not only do they have the potential to cause significant damage to the structure of a property, they often fly under the radar, meaning that no one realizes that there is a problem until things have progressed significantly. Your best defense is a good offense, so taking steps to prevent termites can help save you from costly repairs in the future. Follow these tips to keep termites at bay.

Termites

Landscaping

Try to avoid using mulch around your property. Pine needles serve the same function, but they aren’t as attractive to termites and other bugs. If you don’t want to use pine needles, there are other options as well. In addition, make sure the vegetation near your home is cut back from the structure of the home and maintained over time. Not only does it look better, but doing so helps ensure that the ground stays as dry as possible. Remember that decaying vegetation, like dying trees, are a magnet for termites. If you have stumps or other shrubbery that need to be removed, make sure to take care of that as soon as possible.

Drainage

Termites love water. If you have standing water on your property, you could be inadvertently drawing these pests toward your home. Walk around the perimeter of your property and make sure that your downspouts are working properly. Clean out your gutters and get rid of anything in your yard that has the potential to collect moisture. Not only will you help discourage the presence of termites, but you may keep other bugs away from your home as well. 

Leaks

Termites eat wood. In particular, they like soft wood. If there is a leak in your home, the moisture creates a condition that increases the likelihood that you will have termites show up at some point. That is why it is so important to take care of your house over time. If you stop a leak in its tracks, without allowing damage to take place, you reduce the chances that you will have an infestation in the future. It’s never a bad idea to have someone come out once a year and look for leaks or other problems at your property.

Professional Pest Control

The best way to keep termites from infesting your home is to have the property monitored by a professional pest control company. Bug Guys Pest Control is happy to provide you with a free termite inspection and let you know how we can help you going forward. There is nothing like having the peace of mind that comes with a termite monitoring service.

Termites have the potential to cause a lot of damage that costs a lot of money to fix. Don’t take any chances; do what you can to discourage these little pests from taking up residence in and around your house. Since termites are difficult to spot, it is always a good idea to have a professional monitor the property as well.