The weather will soon be warming and winter will be behind us. That’s hard to believe, but true.
With spring comes insects, and the first insects to get active are termites. Every year, reproductive termites leave their nests. They’re looking to establish new colonies. That’s when you see Termites swarm. These reproductives are also on the hunt for food. That food could be the wood that’s found in your house.
Termite swarming season in Hampton Roads is springtime. That means you need to be prepared. With termite season here, you need to take measures to prepare your home against a potential invasion. Remember, the first line of termite protection is prevention:
Five Ways to Prepare
- Eliminate all possible food sources. Cellulose is what termites love. They will create colonies in stumps, rotting logs, and any wood they can reach. To keep termites out of your home, you need to remove all sources of non-living wood from around your home’s perimeter. Stacked fire wood and rotting landscape timbers are a couple of examples. Wood mulch is another way that termites gain access to homes. Replace it with alternative materials like rubber mulch or rock.
- Stop moisture. Termites, like most living things, need a source of water. Moisture in and around your home’s foundation provides an ideal environment for termites. Eliminate moist conditions as much as possible. Divert water away from your foundation with gutters and down spouts. Make sure your home’s water pipes are in good shape and not leaking. Be sure crawl spaces have adequate venting to prevent moisture build-up.
- Treat the soil and foundation before you build. If you are building a home, be sure to get the soil and foundation treated as the first line of termite protection. While the upfront cost of these treatments may seem high, the protection your home gets is well worth the cost. On average, people dealing with termite damage spend $3,000 on repairs. The cost increases exponentially when the infestation has gone undetected for too long or has spread to multiple parts of the house. Spend the money up front and save yourself higher costs and more hassle in the long run.
- Remove heavy brush and growth from around the house. Heavy growth against your home’s foundation provides a source of moisture and cellulose debris. That makes it the perfect breeding ground for swarming termites. Get that vegetation away from the house. Cut back shrubs and clean behind them regularly. A bit of prevention will help keep termites from finding a nice nest from which to start their invasion of your home.
- Get your home inspected by an experienced and responsive professional. If you live in a termite hotbed like North Carolina, have your home inspected for termites every one or two years. You might think you can spot the signs of a termite infestation on your own, but the professionals know better. What most homeowners do not realize is that termites can enter through cracks as narrow as the thickness of a piece of paper. They can come up through the blocks of your foundation. A termite inspector knows all the tricks termite populations use to invade homes. They can find if you have a problem or not. It is well worth the price of an inspection to catch a problem early and to have peace of mind. You can ensure effective termite protection by using your head and the help of a termite inspector.
If you suspect you have termites or they turn up during your inspection, you need to bring in termite treatment professionals to handle the problem. Home treatments are not effective and can be dangerous. The professionals will know what kind of termite you have and know which treatments are most effective. Call Getem Services today for a free inspection of your home. You’ll get peace of mind when your home is well protected against termites.