During the winter months, our favorite wood eaters known as termites go into a remission of sorts as they slow down their natural processes. Now that Spring has arrived, however, we are entering what is known as termite season. This that could spell trouble for your property, which is a big reason why working with a professional pest control company is so important.
If termites make their way onto your property, then could cause extensive damage. To help you avoid this situation, we’ve put together a list of tips that will help you prepare your property for termite season and assist you with proper termite treatment and prevention.
Think of your home as the main course and other sources of wood as the appetizer. Any non-living wood that’s around your property, such as stacks of firewood or dead tree stumps, will attract termites to your property. Removing these items will provide greater termite control by making your property less attractive to these bugs. Also, if you use wood mulch, consider replacing this with rubber mulch, rock, or another material.
Like other insects, termites are more attracted to a property if there is some type of water source that they can utilize. This commonly occurs after a heavy rain but can also be caused by leaky pipes and other sources of moisture. You should also draw water away from your home’s foundation using gutters and downspouts. Another good idea is to examine your crawlspaces and check for any moisture buildup, which is common in these areas.
Another reason termite are attracted to your property is due to the growth around your home, such as sizable bushes. This can be a source of moisture and cellulose debris, both of which can act as a beacon for termites. You can avoid this potential haven for termites by trimming shrubs and removing any dead vegetation.
Just like other insects, termites find their way into your home and set up shop though a variety of entry points. This can include areas located at the ground level such as door-frames, decks, and planters (if they’re against the house). More often than not, they get into your home through cracks in the foundation and walls. Finding and sealing these problem areas will decrease the likelihood of termites getting inside.
The biggest mistake homeowners make during termite season is ignoring a potential problem. If you think you’ve found evidence of termites, reach out to a professional that offers termite control services right away. An exterminator well-versed in termites will examine your property and determine the next course of action if any are needed. It would be better you’re wrong than to risk a termite infestation that could cost you a great deal of money.
The costliest thing that a homeowner can do during termite season is to ignore the signs of an infestation. If you delay contacting pest control services, a handful of termites could quickly become a full-on infestation. Some homeowners will delay reaching out because they don’t want to spend the money for an inspection. Even if you’re wrong, it’s better to spend a little money to get your place checked out than a lot of money due to procrastination.
Termite season can quickly get out of hand once these insects get onto your property. Prevention and treatment are so important. If you think you have termites or need assistance with any other types of pests, the experts at McDonald Pest Control can help. To schedule a no-cost consultation, contact us today at (727) 734-0963.