Termites can do immense damage to a home in a relatively short period of time. There are several steps you can take to prevent these pests from invading your home.
How Can I Prevent Termite Infestations?
1. Trim Trees Regularly
Overgrown tree limbs provide an easy passage for termites. Insects crawl from trees to your roof and make their way inside the home through small cracks and crevices. Along with making repairs to your roof as needed, you should also have any overhanging tree limbs trimmed so that they don’t touch your home.
2. Stack Wood Away From Your Home
Since termites are attracted to wood, store all wood piles away from your home. If you’re storing wood for a project, keep it off the ground to prevent bugs from taking up residence.
3. Clean Your Gutters
Gutters work by allowing water to run off your roof to the ground below. When gutters are clogged, water accumulates and soaks the roofing material. Water damage causes holes to form in your roof, which allows termites and other insects to invade your home.
4. Be Careful With Mulch
Although mulch makes your garden grow, it’s also a rich source of nutrition for termites. These pests are attracted to the high water content in the wood chips, and they’ll flock to the mulch to feed. If you’ve mulched around a tree, termites can infect it and cause the trunk to weaken, potentially making it fall over.
If termites have invaded your home, contact the skilled team of exterminators at AAA Termite & Pest Control in Kaneohe, HI. For over 40 years, these professionals have helped Oahu residents identify the causes of the infestations and rid their homes of pests. Learn more about their services online, or call (808) 247-5533 to schedule an appointment.