Seven Things You Can Do After Extermination To Prevent A Recurrence Of A Termite Infestation
Once you get a termite infestation in your home exterminated by a company like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control, you're going to want to do everything you can to prevent the same thing from happening again.
The following are seven things you should do to make sure that you never have to deal with termites in your home again:
Keep wood debris far away from your home's exterior.
If you have wood debris that's produced from a renovation project or some other project, you should never dispose of it or keep it stored near your home. Termites of course eat wood, so placing wood debris near your home will potentially attract termites and raise the chances that you'll face an infestation.
Inspect for and repair moisture leaks as soon as possible.
Wood isn't the only thing that attracts termites. Termites are also attracted by moisture. You need to make sure that you don't let leaks go to a point that they soak into components of your home.
Regularly clean gutters to prevent the accumulation of leaves and other biological debris.
Any kind of vegetation can attract a host of different types of pest, and termites are especially likely to be attracted by decaying vegetation. Unfortunately, gutters can easily become clogged with leaves and other vegetation if they're not properly maintained. Inspect and regularly clean out your gutters to make sure that they don't become clogged with vegetation.
Don't allow wood that's touching soil to come into contact with your home's exterior.
Termites scurry about in the soil and can gain access to your home if there are wooden components of your home such as trellises that touch both soil and your home's exterior. Make sure there are no wooden construction components or landscaping features that are giving termites a bridge between the ground and your home.
Inspect your home's foundation and have any openings sealed.
A lot of times, termite infestations occur because termites penetrate a home through foundation cracks. You need to seal any foundation cracks to make sure that termites won't be able to invade from beneath your floors.
Don't neglect your landscaping.
Overgrown vegetation around your home can attract termites. Also, vegetation that's growing very close to your walls can increase the chances of an infestation. Keep vegetation adequately maintained through landscaping efforts, and trim vegetation back from your walls to keep termites away.
Don't use wood mulch in your flowerbeds.
Wood mulch is especially attractive to termites because termites feed off of wood. Also, you need to water your flowerbeds to keep your plants going and therefore moisten the mulch that is present. Therefore, wood mulch in flowerbeds attracts termites and should be avoided if your home is susceptible to termite infestation.