When it comes to stopping termites, eliminating moisture is the most important rule. Termites gravitate to moist environments. If your home has moisture issues, you could actually be attracting termites. Make sure you first know some of the factors that increase moisture around your home and ultimately increase your risk of an infestation.
Some homeowners large limbs because of their shade producing qualities. This can be a bad thing when it comes to termites. Large limbs that extend over your home don't just provide shade, but they can also slow down the rate at which moisture is able to evaporate from around your home.
For instance, after a period of heavy rain, the areas covered by overhanging limbs will remain damp far longer than the areas with greater sun exposure. Since termites gravitate to these moist environments, your home can become a magnet. You can avoid this by pruning your trees as necessary.
It's also important to keep your gutters clean. Debris can easily build up within your gutters, creating a clog. When gutters are clogged, water isn't able to properly drain from your roof and away from your home. As a result, the water will start to pool on your roof and eventually seep into the voids of your walls.
As water pools, it starts to moisten the wood and insulation in these areas. This type of environment creates the ideal location for the formation of a satellite, termite colony. Before long, the prime access to moisture will lead to a larger colony and eventually a complete infestation.
Poorly Routed Drains
Ensure your drains are properly routed. Poor installation, inclement weather and a host of other factors can cause your drains to adjust and route the water towards your home, instead of away from it. During periods of moisture, water will settle around your foundation and eventually lead to water damage, ultimately attracting termites towards your home.
If you notice pooling water around your foundation after rain, this is a sign that there is an issue with your drains that should be addressed. Even if you aren't experiencing this issue, it's a good idea to check your drains from time to time to ensure there aren't any issues that might cause them to misroute water.
Make sure you're working hard to keep moisture related issues under control around your home to lower your risk of a termite infestation. However, should an issue arise, don't hesitate to contact a pest control professional like Hilo Termite and Pest to mitigate the problem and help lower your chances of a future infestation.
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