How do I prevent termite infestation?
There are many steps you can take toward preventing infestation if you know what termites look for and take steps to make your home less attractive to them.
Termites are ground insects that look for habitats that provide food, moisture and shelter close to the ground. Any place where wood meets ground qualifies, especially if the soil in that area stays moist. Correcting this situation may require re-grading to separate soil from any wood around your home.
Since mulch and many other landscaping materials cause the soil to remain moist, you should make sure to minimize mulching around your foundation. Some experts recommend mulching no closer than a foot from your homes foundation. You should also stack your firewood away from your home, preferably by several feet. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are in good condition and keep moisture from accumulating. You should also make sure to eliminate any moisture problems in and around your home, especially in basements and crawlspaces.
You can also hire professional termite exterminators to apply chemical treatments that protect your home. Be sure to find out how long the treatments last. The chemicals on the market today generally protect your home for up to 5 years.
How do I know if my home has termites?
It takes an expert to detect hidden termite damage. General home inspections do not typically include an exhaustive termite inspection. Sometimes it is obvious that termites have been active in certain areas of the home. In such cases this will be noted in your report and highly recommended that you get an expert termite inspection in addition to the general home inspection.
Repair Termite Damage After Fumigation or Treatment is completed.
Termite damaged wood will need to be removed and replaced if the structural integrity of the wood has been compromised. If the damages are limited to a relatively small area, repair can be done with wood filler.