Termites destructively work around the clock causing a staggering $5 billion in damages to homes each year. By the time you know they’re feasting on your home, it’s often too late. Simply put, termites are a serious threat to homeowners. However, you can use the following steps to prevent termites and stop them dead in their tracks.
1. Keep Your Roof in Good Repair
Termites build new nests in the spring when they send out winged scouts to find new nesting spots. These flying insects can land on your roof; and if your roof’s beams are wet or rotted, it will serve as the ideal spot for termites to dine. Keeping your roof’s shingles, soffits, and other structures dry and free from rot are among the best ways to prevent a termite infestation.
2. Inspect Your Home’s Foundation for Signs of Infestation Routinely
In the Metro Atlanta area, humidity is a huge factor. The natural humidity of the south can soften wood and invite termites to feast on soft, rotting wood. However, you can knock on wood and pay special attention to hollow sounds. You can also examine your home for signs of termite infestations, such as mud tubes and bubbling paint.
If you have suspicions that a particular area of the foundation has an infestation, it’s imperative to call the professionals at Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control. While we may not be able to reverse the damage, our inspection may save you thousands in additional costly repairs.
3. Store Firewood Away from Your House
It’s quite common for homeowners throughout North Atlanta to keep firewood handy for chilly nights. If these piles of moist, damp, and dark lumber are in direct contact with the ground, it can serve as an easy-to-access buffet to termites.
Here are a few firewood tips:
- Protect your firewood from ground contact by placing it on an impermeable tarp or piece of plastic.
- Cover your firewood to protect it from the elements.
- When you split your wood, pay special attention to any signs of termites.
- Keep firewood away from your home.
- If you find a piece of infested firewood, you may want to consider ditching the entire load.
If you bring a single piece of infested firewood into your home, you’re essentially rolling out the red carpet for termites to take hold of your property.
Contact Healthy Home for Termite Inspections and Termite Control
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Even if you follow all of the previously mentioned tips, your home is still subject to a termite infestation. The best way to prevent termites from entering your home is with the protection of decades of experience at Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control. We will conduct a thorough annual termite inspection to identify nests and highlight the areas where your home is most susceptible. Throughout the process, we will educate you on the additional steps you can take to further protect your home.
While a termite inspection is designed to detect termites, Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control offers both eco-friendly and traditional termiticide to decimate colonies. We utilize the most advanced termiticide on the market — Termidor. We’re so confident in our methods and product, we stand behind our treatments with a Damage Repair Guarantee — where we’ll pay for the repairs following the treatment of your home.
Protecting your home from a termite or other insect infestation starts and ends with Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control. Give us a call at 770-505-9040 or complete our online contact form to schedule an inspection.