A termite infestation can affect both the structure and value of your home. While termites are active year-round, they tend to swarm (or begin new colonies) in the spring and summer. As a result, spring or summer is when you’re both most likely to see them and when they are most likely move in and infest your building or residence. During these months, prevention is key.

Most termite prevention revolves around maintaining two things: water and wood. Reducing excess moisture in and around the home and making sure any wood, particularly decaying wood, is kept away from the exterior of your structure will reduce your likelihood of an infestation. Check out the slider below for the top 8 most common household offenders and prevention tips.

 

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#8. Repair Any Leaks

Repair any leaks in and around the home. This includes, but is not limited to, faucets, A/C units, pipes and hoses.

#7. Use Mulch Thoughtfully

Mulch is great for your flower beds but the wood and the water it retains is very attractive to termites. While you don’t need to discontinue your use of mulch completely, make sure you’re not using it on beds that are within 18 inches of the exterior of your home

#6. Route Water Away From Your Home

Make sure your gutters and downspouts aren’t leaking and are working properly to divert water away from the structure. You also need to make sure gutters are clear of any debris (like leaves) that retain moisture.

#5. Firewood, Logs and Scrap Wood

Store these and any other building/repair materials at least 20 ft away from the house. If your property isn’t big enough for storage away from the house, at least store any wood up off the ground.

#4. Trim Bushes and Hedges

Keep bushes and hedges trimmed and away from the exterior walls of the home. Keep in mind when planting that you want all bushes 18 inches from the exterior of the home.

#3. Routinely Walk The Perimeter

Check for physical signs of termites. Look for mud tubes, any damaged or buckling wood or any changes to the exterior of your home. Also keep an eye out for any termites, especially during the swarming season.

#2. Call an Exterminator

An exterminator will walk your perimeter and help point out any problem areas and recommend a pest control and maintenance plan if needed.

#1. Limit Contact Between the Ground and Any Wood Structures.

This means you want any decking to be raised off the soil if at all possible. Metal fence posts are recommended as well.

To prevent and control termites, call All Star Pest Control today at 469-363-1657. We offer treatment, long term protection and maintenance plans so you can keep your house free and safe from termites.

8. Repair any leaks in and around the home. This includes, but is not limited to, faucets, A/C units, pipes and hoses.

7. Use mulch thoughtfully. Mulch is great for your flower beds but the wood and the water it retains is very attractive to termites. While you don’t need to discontinue your use of mulch completely, make sure you’re not using it on beds that are within 18 inches of the exterior of your home.

6. Route water away from the home by making sure your gutters and downspouts aren’t leaking and are working properly to divert water away from the structure. You also need to make sure gutters are clear of any debris (like leaves) that retain moisture.

5. Store firewood and logs Store these and any other building/repair materials at least 20 feet from the home’s exterior. If your property isn’t big enough for storage away from the house, at least store any wood up off the ground.

4. Keep bushes and hedges trimmed and away from the exterior walls of the home. Keep in mind when planting that you want all bushes 18 inches from the exterior of the home.

3. Routinely walk your perimeter to check for physical signs of termites. Look for mud tubes, any damaged or buckling wood or any changes to the exterior of your home. Also keep an eye out for any termites, especially during the swarming season.

2. Call an exterminator for annual inspection and maintenance. Prevention is the best medicine, and typically a DIY approach is not enough. If termites are a continuing issue, your area chances are you will need to hire a pest control specialist at some point in time. An exterminator will walk your perimeter and help point out any problem areas and recommend a pest control and maintenance plan if needed.

1. Limit contact between the ground and any wood structures. This means you want any decking to be raised off the soil if at all possible.

To prevent and control termites, call All Star Pest Control today at 469-363-1657. We offer treatment, long term protection and maintenance plans so you can keep your house free and safe from termites.

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