Termites are active year long and more dangerous in winter as they come indoors looking for warmth and shelter. You may not see termites on the surface or see them swarm in winter but when weather gets colder termites find their way to a warmer spot.
Termites can dig up to three feet deep and they may also nest in your residence eating their way through your walls and foundation for food and shelter. The temperature in your home or business will be the perfect for termites to invade in fall and winter.
Termite infestation repairs can be very expensive as they can cause severe damage to your property by eating through your house. Termites live in colonies and can multiply rapidly.
Inspecting for termites yourself is easy, watch out for these signs;
- Termites are noisy eaters; you can here a clicking sound of the termite workers eating through your wood.
- Discarded wings in and around your property are clear sign of termites.
- Termite droppings are something to watch out for, they are dark powdery droppings that are found near the place they are infesting.
- Damaged wood and mud tubes are indications of termite infestation.
The most effective and economical time to implement termite prevention techniques is during the planning and construction process. Whether pre or post construction, limiting favorable food (wood), moisture and shelter conditions to termites can prevent or help eliminate infestations.
- Exterior wood should be at least 6 inches (15 cm) above ground level, and may require regarding or pulling soil or mulch back from the foundation to eliminate wood-to-ground contact.
- Do not use mulch and wood chips around foundation of house. Pea gravel or crushed stone may serve as a substitute for mulch or wood chips.
- Firewood, landscape timbers, compost piles and other cellulose material should not be stacked close to structure.
- Dense vegetation should not be allowed to grow against the siding and foundation of a building.
- Shrubs, vines and trellises make inspection difficult and can trap moisture, increasing conditions favorable for wood decay and termites.
- Proper installation and maintenance of gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks and proper positioning of lawn sprinklers or irrigation systems to avoid pooling water will reduce soil saturation.
- High humidity in crawl spaces can also lead to problems. Plumbing or appliances leaks can lead to damp wood and soil conditions in this area, and areas of crawlspaces beneath potential trouble spot should be inspected and any leaks or problem repaired.
- Adequate ventilation can further reduce moisture problems. A vent area of 1 square foot (0.1 meter square) per 150 square feet (14 meter square) of crawl space area is required for most building codes.
- Plumbing leak can also lead to favorable termite conditions inside structure and may allow a colony to survive above ground with no soil contact.
- Attached planter boxes also bring soil in close proximity to structural timbers and should be separated from the foundation by at least 3 inches (8 cm).
- Use of termite resistant woods may be another non chemical alternative for subterranean termite prevention. California red wood, red cypress and red and yellow cedar have all been shown to have some level of resistance.
If you find termite evidence, take action immediately before they cause damage. Our entomologist at Pest Control Products Depot recommends doing a perimeter pest control for termites outside your house using TERMIDOR SC
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