Termite Prevention is Critical
While vacuuming around the house, you may bump into baseboards, trying to suck up every last piece of dirt from the floor. But what if the vacuum breaks through the baseboard? It’s a likely sign that subterranean termites have taken over.
Termites are small in size. But they can cause a lot of damage to homes built with various materials – concrete, stucco, wood, and brick – you name it and termites can get inside and cause serious destruction. It’s estimated that termites cause more than $5 billion in damage each year, sneaking in through cracks and crevices in homes. Even worse, termites are rarely visible as they destroy your home from behind the walls and under the foundation, so it is imperative to have your home inspected regularly for early signs and proactively treated to keep them at bay.
Massey Services offers these tips to discourage subterranean termite infestations:
- Repair water leaks and moisture problems. Moisture is critical for termite survival and they flourish in moist areas.
- Keep a close eye on irrigation systems to ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from the foundation, walls, etc.
- Trim back bushes and plants to prevent moisture from being trapped against the walls
- Keep gutters free of build-up so that water can flow freely and away from the foundation
- Avoid any wooden items that touch your home from having contact with the soil. Elevate decks on concrete
- Position stucco, wood, or siding six inches above the finished soil level to prevent termites from gaining access into your home.
The best prevention against the risk of expensive termite damage repairs is to have guaranteed termite protection for your home before a problem occurs. At Massey Services, we’ll provide the protection your home needs and complete a termite inspection once a year to ensure no new problems have developed. Contact us today for a free termite inspection of your home.