Everybody knows that termites can be a problem. Few homeowners, though, appreciate just how much of a problem termites can be. They can cause critical damage to a house in a surprisingly short amount of time. While it is good to know that you can always call on Raven Termite and Pest Control in Hunt Valley to stop a home termite infestation, it’s better to prevent the infestation from ever happening in the first place.
How Much Damage Can Termites Cause?
Termites can infest floors, wall studs, support beams, roof supports, ceiling joints, and more. In as little as six months, a termite colony can do serious structural damage to your house, possibly rendering it unfit for habitation. And most homeowner’s insurance policies will not cover termite damage. Termites are not a problem you can afford to take a “wait and see” approach with. Here are a few suggestions for preventing a termite problem.
Eliminate Earth to Wood Contact
When wooden parts of your house touch the ground, they provide an easy way for termites to get into your home’s structure. If necessary, you should pull the soil away from the foundation enough to keep all wooden areas of your house at least 6 inches above the ground.
Likewise, you should avoid stacking firewood up against the side of your house. Wood piles provide the termites a home base and plenty of food right next to your house. From there they can easily explore for entry points. For the same reason, you should cut down any vines and other woody plants that are growing up against your home.
Keep Water Away from the Foundation
Termites also like moist soil. Keeping the soil around your house dry will help keep them away. If water accumulates around your house when it rains, install gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks to divert it. If that isn’t enough, consider putting in a drainage system. Also, avoid putting mulch near your house, as it helps soil retain moisture.
Dehumidify the Crawlspace
Don’t forget the soil under your crawlspace. Keep it dry by installing 1 square foot of vent for every 150 square feet of crawlspace, and keep the vents clear of leaves and other debris.
Professional Pest Control in Hunt Valley: Raven Termite and Pest Control
Of course, if your home already has an infestation, you need the best company for pest control in Hunt Valley and the surrounding area: Raven Termite and Pest Control. No matter how deep the termites have gone, we can use trenching, rodding, and even drilling to thoroughly treat your home. We can install vapor barriers, put out bait, and more. Contact us today.