Termites are possibly, the worst pest you could ever hope to encounter in your home. With an estimated billion dollar cost of home damages recorded per year, these bugs have brought terror and destruction to many home owners. If you ever have the misfortune of experiencing termite damage, it could mean having to deal with termite colonies that house between 500,000 to one million termites. And if you do not deal properly with these colonies, termite damage would cost you thousands of dollars each time you fail to put in place sufficient termite control.
So what can you, as a homeowner, do to prevent termite damage and institute measurable termite control in your abode? We identify some of the more manageable methods that you can use to ensure termites do not add to your home-owning problems, and these are also ways which you can use on a DIY level.
1. Remove all wooden materials that you do not require and keep them away in a place that is a distance away from your home. Termites love wood, so any pieces of wood left lying out in the open would attract these pests. And if they happen to be near your house, be prepared to have to deal with termites.
2. Keep potential areas where moisture can build up away from your home. Termites are attracted to wood, and they are also attracted to areas where moisture or humidity is high. Avoid occurrences of water leakage, buildup of rainwater or any situations where water can end up being collected and become a source of termite growth.
3. Check for cracks or broken holes in your house, and more importantly, in the foundation of your home. Do this regularly. If you find any, make a conscious effort to seal them up. This can help to protect your house from any termites crawling into its foundation and attacking or chewing it down, literally.
The 3 methods above are essential for any home owners looking to avoid termite damage and ways to control any possible occurrence of this problem. Ensure that they are part of your regular home maintenance and termite control come naturally.
Nick Kershaw has been involved in the termite control business for the past 10 years and has vast experience in handling termite damage and extermination. Visit Total Termite Solution to learn more about termites and pest control.