If you have termites in your home, then your home probably has structure-to-ground contact. This provides easy access for termites to shelter, food, and moisture. If the soil near your foundation is always moist, it will also attract termites to the area, where they will begin to seek food and nesting locations.
Ground termites eat wood and cellulose materials. They can travel up to 100 yards from their nest to a food source, and once a source is found, the termites will leave a pheromone trail so that the other termites in the colony can find the food or water.
Ground termites cause extensive damages to homes and other structures. They eat up to 15 pounds of wood in a week, so you can imagine how quickly they can damage the structure of a building! Termites are responsible for billions of dollars in repairs each year.
How to Reduce the Risks of Termite Infestation
If you don't take measures to prevent a termite infestation in or around the home or business, there is a good chance you will end up with termites. You can reduce your risks for an infestation with the following tips:
Keep wood off the ground. If you have wood siding, lattice, door, or window frames that are making contact with the ground, pull the soil or mulch back away from the foundation to create a six-inch gap. Even pressure treated wood can be infested by termites.
Reduce moisture around your foundation. Because termites are attracted to moist areas, they are more likely to find your home if the foundation is moist regularly. Divert water away from your home with downspouts and splash blocks. Fix leaks immediately and keep the foundation sloped away from your building.
Don't store firewood near the foundation or in a crawl space. Items including cardboard, newspapers, firewood, lumber, tree stumps and similar should never be stored near the structure of your home or in your crawl space. It will attract termites.
Don't use mulch or use it sparingly. While termites don't like to eat the mulch, they do like the moist conditions mulch creates and the protection against extreme temperatures.
While all of these tips can help prevent termites, the best results are obtained through professional termite control services. Buildings have many areas that termites could enter which are hidden from us, but Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions can protect your home from termites through our effective termite treatments.