Essential Steps for Termite Prevention in Texas
It can be hard to know everything that is going on in our homes at any given moment. If you are a parent, you have probably had the experience of walking into the living room to find a fort that your kids have built. You may have had no idea this was happening until the moment you walked into the room. Every day, things happen under our roofs that we miss. Some are good things, while others are not so great. One thing that happens under many homeowners' roofs every day is termite damage. These tiny, wood-eating pests have a way of sneaking past our defenses and causing trouble when we are not looking. If you are not careful, this could even happen to you.
Why Now is the Active Termite Season
Although termites are a year-round threat here in Texas, they do still have a season. In fact, we are coming to the end of the season right now. This means that a considerable amount of scouting termite swarmers (winged termites) have either set up or are setting up new colonies, as we speak. If this is the case for your home, they may be building a nest outside underground right now. if so, you are on a tight schedule to stop them before they get to the wood of your home, if they haven't already.
Basic Steps Homeowners Can Take to Prevent Termites
Whether or not termites have set up a home on your property, there are a few things you can do to make your home less attractive to them:
- Make sure that your foundation is dry. Check all of your gutters and drains to ensure that they are funneling water properly away from the exterior of your home.
- Trim any bushes or plants around your home’s exterior walls. This will allow the sun to aid in your efforts by keeping your foundation dry for you.
- Consider installing dehumidifiers inside your home to reduce moisture in trouble areas such as basements and crawl spaces.
- Look for and repair any wood that has been water-damaged, as this is what termites look for and need when looking for a meal. If a termite inspects the exterior of your home and finds no soft, water-damaged wood to invade, chances are they will just move along.
Why Professional Treatment is a Necessity
As much as DIY can help, it is never a perfect solution. When it comes to protecting your home, you want the best solution available. We offer this solution here at It’s Bugs Or Us. Our termite control methods are designed to keep termites away from your home, not only during termite season, but year-round. If that sounds like something you are interested in for your home, give us a call. We would be happy to work out the details, and find a solution that best suits your individual needs.