Just the thought of ever having to deal with a termite problem can cause a homeowner angst, which is why pest control should be high on the list of maintenance priorities. When prevention methods are put into practice, there is a much better chance of being able to avoid this kind of situation altogether.
However, homeowners often do the opposite and unknowingly make mistakes that could eventually lead to an infestation. If you notice that you can currently relate to one or more of these scenarios, it’s time to change your ways before it’s too late.
Using a DIY Method For Termite Pest Control
Conquering a DIY project can give a homeowner great satisfaction, but there isn’t any room for error when applying a termite treatment. Over-the-counter products aren’t as sufficient as what the pest control professionals use, nor do you have the qualifications to know what kind of treatment should be applied. DIY methods are all too often a waste of time and money and can even worsen the problem by causing the insects to scatter to a new location instead of killing them off as intended.
Keeping Wooden Materials Too Close to the Home
Any wood that hasn’t been treated is a potential food source for termites. This can refer to the firewood you have stacked outside, the old tree stumps sitting in your yard, the fence surrounding your property, the mulch you’ve spread out, etc. Keeping anything made of wood
too close to your home gives them just the access they need to move right on in.
Not Taking Termites Into Consideration During Construction
Thinking ahead when building a new home or adding on can make a big difference in whether or not you end up having a termite problem. This is when pest control should actually begin. There are pre-construction termite treatments that can be applied to the property for prevention. In addition, the building plans should include for any parts of the foundation that are made from wood to be kept a certain height above the soil.
Allowing Ways For Moisture to Accumulate Near the Foundation
Termites also need some form of moisture to survive, so allowing it to accumulate near your home’s foundation can quickly become another inviting element. Decorative water sources make an appealing addition to a yard, and it’s necessary to water the lawn and plants for them to thrive, but these things must be done cautiously. It’s important to keep all water installations several feet from the house, irrigation and rainwater runoff diverted away from the foundation and to repair all leaks immediately.
Not Scheduling Periodic Inspections
Termites are skilled at hiding within the deep, dark crevices of a home and can go years without being detected if you don’t know what to look and listen for. Professional inspectors are trained to spot the signs of termite activity, and the earlier it’s discovered, the more money it will save in the long run. Having termite inspections done by a pest control specialist is the most effective way to keep the wood-eating insects away from a property and prevent the thousands of dollars in damage they can cause.
Disrupting Previous Termite Treatments
If pre-construction or other termite treatments have been applied to a property, a homeowner must keep that in mind so as not to accidentally disrupt them and counteract their effectiveness. This can happen when digging in the yard to plant new flowers or a garden, creating a hole in the termite barrier that was set up, or when having utility work done.
Avoiding these mistakes will help you to sleep better at night without the worry that termites are busy at work eating you out of house and home.
Tiffany Olson loves to write about home improvement topics and lives in Northern California. When she’s not blogging or surfing the net you will usually find her camping, cooking, or reading.