So far you have been fortunate enough to escape their wrath, but many of your neighbors are battling them as we speak. They lurk in the dark recesses of your home undetected and can cause extensive damage before you even know they have invaded. They often travel as if cloaked and stealthily keep from being discovered, and all the while they are in full attack mode scuttling in and out of your home and destroying its very integrity. What is this dreaded nemesis that is causing so much stir in Hawaii lately? Well, it’s termites of course! These little insects with huge appetites will eat anything wood that it can reach. In fact, they cause over $5 billion annually in damages to homes and businesses across the United States. Yes, that is a ‘b’ as in billion; and to make matters worse, most insurance carriers won’t cover the cost of damages done by these overeaters.
Is there anything I can do to help prevent them, you may ask? Well, in a word, “yes”. There are ways to make your home less attractive to termites. They are in search of food and water, and your mission is to keep them from finding either! Here are some of the most important changes you can make to discourage their attack:
Keep foundations free of plants and mulch by leaving at least a 15inch ‘free’ zone between your foliage and the base of your foundation.
Trim back any branches that hang over your roof or touch the eaves or soffits.
Make sure all wood and wood scraps are stored on pallets rather than directly on the ground to allow for air circulation.
Store all wood and wood scraps at least 20 feet away from your home.
Ventilate attics, basements, and crawl spaces with screened venting to prevent moisture build up in those areas.
Use gutters and downspouts to direct rain water away from your foundation.
Repair any leaks in pipes or HVAC units as soon as you can to prevent moisture build up.
Inspect your foundation frequently for signs of ‘mud tubes’. These are the super highways that termites use to travel from their nests into your home for food.
Search your property from time to time looking for any signs of termite activity. Be especially careful to check rotting wood sources such as tree stumps.
If this enemy has been spotted in your neighborhood, it is only a matter of time before they come searching in your yard for a hospitable environment to overtake. These tips will help, but the surest way to avoid being attacked by termites is with a year round termite exclusion plan from Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions. The new Sentricon® Colony Elimination System with Always Active technology is ecologically friendly, discreet, and effective in eliminating termites. This system does not require any drilling, trenching, or digging, and does not require that chemicals be introduced into the ground. Testing has even shown that termites prefer the bait in these strategically placed bait stations over rotting wood consumption. Trust your pest control ally here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions to help you win your battle against termites.