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Tips To Avoiding Subterranean Termite Damage This Summer

June 28, 2018

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Most people are aware of the dangers that termites present and that it is best to keep them away from our homes; however, many people don’t know what to do if they discover a termite infestation in their home or how to prevent these destructive pests from entering their homes in the first place. It is important to take precautions against these wood-destroying pests in order to protect your home from a termite invasion.

One type of termite homeowners need to be on the lookout for is the Subterranean termite. These termites typically live outdoors in nests underneath the ground, but while foraging for food, they often enter homes through cracks in the foundation or through tiny cracks and crevices in the exterior walls. Subterranean termite colonies are each made up of many members that work together to support their survival.

When termites live outdoors, they feed on dead trees and fallen debris, actually cleaning up the forest. Once they enter a home, however, these destructive pests will feed on and damage any wood that they can find, though they prefer moist or water-damaged wood; they will tunnel through the wood as they eat and gather food for their entire colony and may even develop several satellite nests inside the home for easier access to their food source. Although they prefer soft, water-damaged wood, termites will feed on any other wood that is available, including furniture, walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, siding, and structural beams.

Termites can cause a lot of damage to your home without your knowledge because they remain well-hidden. It is important to enlist the help of the termite specialists to inspect for these destructive pests and prevent them before they invade your home and property in order to prevent costly damages.

Tips to avoid subterranean termite damage this summer:

  • Avoid any piles of wood or debris from accumulating in your yard
  • Seal all entry points in the foundation, exterior walls, windows, and doors
  • Avoid excess moisture by keeping your home’s gutters in good repair
  • Repair leaks and broken pipes to avoid water damage
  • Eliminate any wood-to-soil contact around your home
  • Use termite-resistant mulch around your home

If you are dealing with termites on your property, it is essential to enlist the help of a professional. For highly effective termite control services, contact Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. Our termite control options include the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ and Termidor. Give us a call today for more information about how we can help solve your termite problems!


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