How To Keep Termites Out Of Your Home

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Your home is probably the largest investment you will make in your life, which means you're going to want to protect it as much as possible. While many people guard against things like theft, fire and storm, they often overlook an invisible threat to their home, such as termites munching away and destroying the structure of the building. Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to get insurance to protect yourself against termite damage. Given this, it's in your best interest to keep termites from ever getting a foothold in your home to begin with. The following guide will give you some information about termites and how you can keep them out of your home.

Types of Termites

Before you can fight termites, you have to understand them a little. Termites love wood and wood products, and are particularly good at getting into wood when it's making contact the soil. They are very good at staying out of sight, which makes them difficult to detect until the problem has already become serious.

The three main types of termites are Drywood termites (which are seldom seen in the US), Damp Wood termites (as you might guess, they prefer damp wood) and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are the most serious problem for homeowners. Most often found in the Southeast, these voracious termites have been known to cause the collapse of homes and buildings.

Defending Your Home

You should never wait until you see termites before doing something to defend your home against them. If you do, you may find that it is too late and that serious damage has already occurred. Below are some preemptive steps you can take to protect your home from termite infestation.

Make sure the water is draining way properly from your home's foundation, since these damp areas are just what termites are looking for.

Remove any shrubs or plants situated close to your vents—pull any small plants as you would a weed and remove what remains with an herbicide.If there are any old roots or tree stumps close to your home, remove them immediately (by calling a local stump removal service such as C S Flournoy Inc).

When you first build your home, try to achieve at least an 18 inch distance between the soil and any wooden parts of your home. While this isn't perfect protection (termites will sometimes chew through materials that are not made of wood), creating this barrier will still help to discourage them.

Chemical Prevention

Preventive chemical treatments are another option for keeping termites away from your home, and there are three types available:

  • Baits: Install bait stations around the outside of your home to draw in any termites and kill them.
  • Soil Treatments: Apply liquid insecticides designed specifically for termites to the soil around your home.
  • Wood Treatments: You should also apply a liquid insecticide to any wood that has been (or could be) infested with termites.

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