What You Should Do to Prevent Termites From Damaging Your House

Termite Prevention

Owning your own home is wonderful, but finding serious damage to your home can be one of the most stressful events in life. It could be something like issues with plumbing, mold on the walls, roof damage or — one of the worst-case scenarios — termites.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), American citizens spend approximately $1 billion on termite control services and repairs every year. Some experts even believe the number is closer to $2 billion. The damage that these pests cause is horrific.

The best thing to do if you notice any sign of termites on your property is to call a professional exterminator. If you are more hands-on and want to do everything you can before you send in the pros, however, here are a few things that might help.

Temperature Change

These pests can not survive in extremely cold or extremely hot environments. If you have an idea of where the infested area is, you can heat the wooded structure for about a half hour until it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the structure gets too hot, the moisture will evaporate and the termites will either abandon the area or die.

Conversely, these pests can’t survive if the temperature falls below negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Using liquid nitrogen in pre-drilled holes in the wood can get rid of any unwanted pests.

Cardboard Protection

These pests don’t only feed on strong, supportive wooden structures. They are also found in cardboard and paper — and you can use this to your advantage. Trick the bugs into thinking you’re allowing them to feed on the rest of your home by placing a large cardboard box near infected areas. As soon as the box is full of these unwanted guests, gently bring it outside far enough away from your home and thoroughly fan it out. You should wear gloves and a mask during this process so they do not get in your mouth or on your hands.

Don’t Let Them In

The best way to get rid of termite damage in your home is to never allow it in the first place. It’s difficult because these pests are persistent and can sneak in no matter what you do, but you should at least take all the necessary preventative measures before it’s too late. Make sure you regularly check wooded areas inside your home, have the correct moisture level inside your home, and keep outside wood dry, far away from your home, and off the ground.

Essential Pest Control can help if you need any termite assistance. (520) 886-3029

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