Termite Prevention Tips For Quad Cities Residents
January 30, 2020
There are a variety of pests out there that you don’t want to find in your Quad Cities residence. Any kind of pest can be frustrating or a nuisance, but there are some pests that pose bigger problems. Termites are some of the most troublesome pests you can deal with because they do so much damage. They are hard to identify, and they can do thousands of dollars worth of damage to a home or building before you even know they’re there.
Because of the risks they pose, and because they cost United States home and business owners over $5 billion each year, you’ll want to make sure termites are not infesting your property. The best way to do this is prevention. While it’s possible to get rid of termites once they make their way inside, it’s much more difficult than keeping them out in the first place.
Simple prevention tips you can follow at home are a good place to start in keeping termites away. However, while prevention methods can be helpful, no method is 100% certain to keep them away forever. So, when you can't prevent them, an effective pest control service is essential.
How Can You Keep Termites Out Of Your Home?
There are some simple things you can do around your home or business to keep termites off of your property. First of all, termites are attracted to moisture, so they often make their way onto a property or inside a home through things like damp soil, decaying plants, and other soft, organic matter. They are also likely to get into a building through the foundation of a house or through soil that is in direct contact with windows, doors, or the foundation. So one of the best things you can do to make your home unappealing to termites is to reduce moisture.
Some things you can do are:
- Repair leaks in pipes.
- Repair leaks in faucets.
- Remove wood or other material that have water damage.
- Limit soil contact with your home.
- Create a stone barrier around the foundation.
- Use dehumidifiers.
- Clean up the organic matter on your property.
Home Repairs Can Go A Long Way
It’s clear to see that some of the best ways to keep termites away are to do some simple home repairs. Most of these home repairs have to do with moisture issues. Some common moisture issues include windows and walls that don’t have enough proper insulation so they become damp in the winter. This water damage can cause peeling paint, rot, and mold, and this attracts termites. Other indoor moisture issues include leaking pipes, moisture in window sills, condensation on windows, basements that are damp, and leakage.
Some other sources of water damage that can draw termites include:
- Outdoor moisture from groundwater getting into basements
- Structural cracks
- Crawl spaces that are moldy and damp
- Lack of gutters
- Not enough ventilation
Professional Help Is The Best Way To Get Rid of Termites
While prevention is essential, and you can do some of it yourself, the best way to keep termites out or to eradicate a termite infestation is to get help from the professionals at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. We provide effective termite eliminating services. At the first sign of a termite infestation, or if you would like for us to keep termites out of your home, give us a call. Our treatments get rid of the entire colony.