4 Things San Antonio Residents Should Know About Termites
Part of a homeowner's job is to know what dangers threaten their home. If you live in an area known for having break-ins, you invest in a home security system. If a tree in your yard is rotting and looking like it might fall on your porch, you cut it down. If wood-eating termites exist anywhere in your area, you take the needed precautions to ensure your home is safe. Today we will help you do just that. Here are 4 things every homeowner should know about termites.
Termites are sneaky
When is the last time you saw a termite? Chances are you have heard of them but have never seen one in real life. This is because they spend the majority of their time underground. Here in San Antonia, the most common species of termite we have is called the subterranean termite. These termites spend their lives underground or inside wood. Apart from termite swarmers (winged termites looking for new places to build colonies), termites do their best to remain unseen. This makes them hard or impossible to spot in and around homes.
Termites are destructive
Termites are the number-one destructive pest in America. They cost American home and business owners an estimated 5 billion dollars yearly. This number comes from the cost of structural repair and professional prevention. Termites achieve this level of destruction from their ability to destroy wood, stay hidden, and reproduce at high rates.
Termites are hard to eliminate
Because of how hard termites are to spot, early detection is impossible in most cases. By the time signs of their activity and destruction are found within a home, the idea of elimination with DIY methods is impossible. Even if you find a method you think will work, you will never know for certain how effective it was because there is no way to measure termite populations. The only effective solution is to call in a professional, which we will talk more about in a bit.
Termites can be prevented
If your home does not already have an active termite infestation, there are a few things you can do to keep it that way.
- Trim bushes and tree branches away from the walls of your home.
- Fix leaks and make sure gutters are in good working order.
- Seal cracks and gaps in your home's exterior foundation
- Replace or repair water-damaged wood.
- Make sure there is a barrier between the soil and the wood of your home.
- Keep mulch a good distance away from the exterior of your home.
Although these methods can help in deterring termites, the only sure way to make sure your home stays termite-free is to invest in professional termite control through It’s Bugs Or Us. The best thing about our termite control: it not only prevents termites, but it also eliminates all termites currently eating away at your San Antonio property. If that sounds like something you want for your home, reach out to us today and let us give you the peace of mind you deserve.