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How to Keep Your Home Termite Free

homeEveryone dislikes bugs and pests for a variety of reasons. Some are dangerous to our health, some are venomous and some are just plain creepy. But as those of us in Florida know, the most financially crippling pests out there are termites.

The wood-eaters are drawn to homes and woodpiles and cause immense amounts of damage if untreated. Not only can this damage be costly to repair, but it could also potentially damage the physical infrastructure of your home. This can actually make the home unsafe to live in and completely destroy the value of the home.

There are a few telltale signs that a termite has made your house its next meal:

Look for Mud Tubes – Subterranean termites do not like to be out in the open. If they find an accessible location that isn’t directly resting on the ground, they will construct these thin tubes of soil and mud to crawl through. These are commonly located on foundation walls and joists.

Piles of Wings – The termites that scout around for places to live and eat have wings so they can cover a large distance. Once they’ve located a new home, they shed their wings. A pile of wings is a potential sign your home has been infested.

If you see either of these telltale signs, it is time to call pestdepot.com.

 

So What Can Be Done

There are preventative steps you can take to make your home less enticing to these pests.

Check for Leaks – Termites require moist spaces to thrive, so check for any leaks. Outdoor water spouts, crawl space pipes and faulty gutters should all be repaired or removed to prevent water from accumulating. Poor drainage can also lead to water buildup and could attract termites.

Remove Dried Wood – There are a variety of sources of dried wood you may have near your home that can attract termites. Remove old or rotten fences and stumps, both of which are huge draws for termites. And ensure any landscaping you have in your yard is well maintained and isn’t brushing up against your home.

Schedule Yearly Inspections – It’s much easier to notice termite warning signs when you’re looking for them. Schedule a yearly appointment with your local pest control company to come out and take a look. These trained professionals will find any potential damages and can recommend preventative treatment.

If you even remotely think that you have a termite issue, please contact PestDepot.com. The site where you need to go if you are dealing with rodents, termites, or any bugs or insects for that matter.  Yes, this includes snakes as well. We do full home check-ups not only for bugs & insects but for rodents as well. A highly rated Florida company is waiting for your call now so we can get out there and make your home nuisance free.

 

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