As you know, termite season can be unpredictable.
These wood-munching monsters are actually active throughout the entire year, but there are particular months where they are more noticeable – that’s when they “swarm.”
For those in balmier climates, termites are hanging about pretty much all year. However, in the cooler climes, you are more likely to see them from March to November.
The season isn’t the only thing that controls termite activity.
Since termites like to seek shelter within your climate-controlled home, they may be active all year long.
Don’t feel a sense of false security because it is a chilly outside or it is a winter month – if you suspect termite activity it’s never too soon to call a pro.
5 Ways You Can Prevent Termites
The best way to deal with termites is to avoid getting an infestation in the first place!
There are several things that you can do to deter these destructive pests and make your home less appealing.
Here are five ways to help keep your home termite-free during termite season and all year long:
#1 Stack Your Firewood Away From the House
While keeping your firewood close to your door makes it easier to nip out on a chilly night for a few extra logs, it also creates easy access for termites.
The woodpile itself is like a buffet, but having it stacked against your house or in your crawlspace will give the termites a safe passageway into your house, even if you have termite treatments.
The best thing to do is to stack the wood several feet away. Another good tip is to keep it elevated off the ground.
#2 Keep the Foundation Free of Moisture
Termites need a water source, and having a home with improper drainage around the foundation will provide them with exactly what they need.
To avoid this situation, keep your gutters from being clogged with leaves and make sure the downspouts divert water away from the foundation.
You will also want to make sure that outdoor faucets aren’t dripping and that your air conditioner’s drip lines aren’t creating a pooling of water.
#3 Keep Mulch Raked
While wood mulch does make your beds look more attractive and well-kept, when you have excessive amounts of mulch around your foundation, it can lead to a termite infestation.
The bulkiness of the mulch can trap moisture and warmth making an ideal situation for the termites.
Try to keep your mulch raked away from your home, leaving a four- or five-inch buffer between the mulch and your foundation, siding, or door framings.
#4 Trim Your Trees and Shrubs
Be proactive in your trimming.
Keep bushes and tree limbs from overhanging your roof because the overgrown areas can act as the perfect shelter for termites. They also create a highway into your home.
The leaves that drop into your gutters can trap moisture and build the perfect home for an aerial termite.
#5 Get Regular Inspections
Remember that prevention is the best cure for termites!
That’s why it is a good idea to have regular termite inspections by knowledgeable professionals.
These inspections will keep you vigilant against the dangers of termite-infestations, and a professional termite inspector can point out any trouble areas that you may have missed.
Now that you know the steps you can take to prepare yourself for termite season, you can rest a little easier.
Dugas offers annual termite inspections to help keep you from suffering the devastating effects of an infestation.
Don’t wait until it becomes a serious problem, call Dugas today to schedule your inspection!