Spring is the season of warm weather, cool nights, and, unfortunately, termites. These destructive household pests are capable of chewing through the structure of your home, ruining furniture, and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. While termite treatment can remove these bugs, the best approach is to keep them from getting a foothold in your home in the first place.
How to Prevent Termite Infestations
1. Seal Entry Points
Most termites live underground and can burrow easily through soil and wood. However, they can’t chew through the foundation, so sealing up holes, gaps, and spaces around pipes can effectively keep them out. Even the smallest opening can give termites a way in, so have a pest control expert inspect your home and identify possible entry points so that they can apply the proper termite treatment if necessary.
2. Ventilate Basements & Crawl Spaces
Termites thrive in any dark, damp environment, so make the space underneath your house as inhospitable as possible. Proper ventilation will keep water vapor from accumulating, depriving pests of the moisture they need to survive. If your soil is especially damp, consider installing dehumidifiers in the basement or crawl space.
3. Look for Mud Tubes
Termites rarely come out into the open, which is why you may never see a bug even if you have a serious infestation. However, you may find mud tubes, structures termites build to access food and take it back to the colony. Throughout the spring, regularly inspect your foundation for mud tubes, which are usually about the width of a normal drinking straw.
If you want to prevent a termite infestation in your home, Bugout Termite & Pest Control Inc has been helping Baltimore, MD, homeowners protect their most valuable investment from a wide range of pests and vermin since 1988. Their highly trained exterminators use the most advanced termite treatment techniques in the industry to keep bugs out and remove the most stubborn infestations. Visit their website for more on their termite treatment services or call (410) 760-6065 to schedule a treatment today.