Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
Although their individual size is small, termites can cause a large amount of property damage in a relatively brief amount of time. Once a home has become infested with termites, the insects can be eradicated through professional pest control methods, but any damages to the house will still require repair. As a result, depending on the extent of the damages, a termite infestation can be costly. Still, repair costs can be avoided by taking protective measures, such as the following, to prevent a termite invasion.
Remove wood debris from your property.
Keeping piles of wood for future use in your fireplace may seem like a good idea. However, uncovered wood in your yard will eventually become damp as it is exposed to the elements. This may not pose many issues during cold weather. However, during the spring and summer months, as termites move about in search of food, they are attracted to damp wood in dark or shaded areas. The pile of firewood-to-be can become the nesting site of a termite colony.
In addition to eliminating piles of wood, it is best to keep wood mulch away from your home's structure. Also, any tree stumps that may be left in your yard should be removed.
Fix water leaks.
Termites are drawn to moisture. A leak within or outside your home may seep into wood components to invite termites. It is best to repair faucets, water lines, leaking roofs and gutters.
Make sure your siding and other wood components of your home are not resting on the ground.
If you have wood siding, be sure that there is a space between the ground and the woodwork. Also, consider spreading sheets of plastic over the floor of your crawl space to discourage termites from accessing wood framework.
Seal the cracks.
If there are cracks in your home's foundation, be sure to have them sealed. The cracks can become an entry point for termites that may be present in the ground below your home.
Make sure that your basement, crawl space and attic have good ventilation.
The humidity levels in your basement, crawl space and attic may be high enough to invite unwanted six-legged guests. Maintain good ventilation in these areas to minimize moisture levels. Also, consider installing a dehumidifier if additional ventilation seems insufficient.
The most important way to prevent termites from invading your home is to have your home professionally treated by a professional exterminator. If you do not know whether or not your home has been treated or you are unsure of the treatment date, contact a local pest control agency to schedule an appointment.