South Carolina’s Handy Termite-Prevention Guide
Few pests are as well-known for their ability to cause destruction as termites. These invasive insects are not only destructive, they’re more common than you may think. Many property owners fall victim to their hazardous activity and only proper prevention and control can keep you protected.
Termites = Damage
There are no two ways about it, when termites invade your property, they quickly start to damage it. These ant-like pests chew through wood and burrow underground, staying hidden from sight. Most people aren’t even aware that they have a termite problem until serious damage has already been caused by their activity. Not only is early detection nearly impossible, but termites can be incredibly difficult to get rid of once they’ve made a colony on your property. Only by knowing what attracts them, and what you can do to address these factors, can you hope to avoid an infestation altogether.
What Attracts Termites To Your Property?
Termites build elaborate colonies that allow them to survive and grow. They divide tasks up between workers, soldiers and reproductive alates in order to collect the most food possible and conquer that largest stretch of territory. They will look for easy targets, however, making certain areas and conditions more attractive to colonizing termites.
Here are some things that attract them to a property:
- Soil contact: Termites form mounds or tunnels in soil before they invade a home or business. Because of this, anywhere soil touches your exterior wood -- especially areas near the walls or foundation that might have cracks or holes -- can act as easy access points for termites.
- Wood: It seems obvious but termites are attracted to easily accessible wood products. This not only includes structures but yard debris and firewood, too.
- Moisture: Termites are attracted to damp woods, making any area where moisture pools or leaks a potential problem spot.
Basic Termite Prevention
Termites aren’t easy to get rid of, which makes early detection and prevention absolutely essential for protecting your property. Here are some simple steps you can take to make your space less attractive to invasive termites:
- Landscaping: Because termites can easily infest trees or other foliage, it’s important to keep these plants trimmed back from your exterior.
- Wood storage: Wood piles or discarded yard waste can act as potential food sources for termites, attracting them near enough to invade other areas of your property. Keep wooden items away from your exterior and up off the ground.
- Crack sealing: You’d be surprised just how much a tiny termite can flatten and squeeze in order to gain access to interior woods. As such, you should frequently check for and fix any cracks or holes around your foundation.
- Inspections: Early prevention can help reduce your risk of termites but only inspections by trained professionals can let you know for sure that a termite colony isn’t forming.
The Best Protection From The Original Bugman
With the danger and destruction they can pose to your property, termites aren’t a pest you want to confront. While early prevention can help, only proven treatments and frequent inspections can truly allow you to rest easy knowing termites aren’t a problem. At The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc., our trained experts provide you with this peace of mind and can get started right away on a thorough check of your property.
Whether you need superior prevention techniques that will ward off a future colony or if termites are already a problem, you can count on our safe and effective methods to keep you safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late to deal with termites, get started on ultimate termite control and protection today. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.