Identifying, Eliminating, And Preventing Residential Termite Infestations

Posted on: 18 September 2015

Finding the signs of termites in your home's wooden structures is always an unsettling feeling. The good news is that any damage that the termites have caused can be repaired, the termites can be eliminated, and you can take steps to ensure that the nasty wood-eating bugs will not return in the future.

By following these tips, your home can be free of termites and their damage:

Find the Termite Damaged Areas of Your Home

To find the areas of your home that have been damaged by termites, you need to look for their tell-tale signs, such as

  • moisture in wood
  • moisture stains on wood
  • piles of sawdust around the base of walls or posts
  • round termite tubes on wood or on sheetrock

When you see these signs, then it is a good bet that your home has some termite damage that needs to be repaired. Additionally, to ensure that all of the damaged areas have been found, you should have a professional termite inspection. The inspector will climb under your home and on the roof, and they will give you a very comprehensive report of any damage that they find.

Based upon the inspection report and the severity of the damage, you can either fix the damaged areas yourself or have them professionally repaired by a building contractor or handyman. Any areas where there is current damage have to be fixed to prevent future termite colonies from forming in those areas. Termites will naturally be attracted to these areas because the wood is moist and has already been disturbed. Additionally, if you find any areas with moisture from leaking pipes or incorrect drainage, you need to have those areas fixed as well because termites are attracted to the moisture.

Have Your Home Fumigated or Treated with Insecticide to Eliminate the Termites

Depending upon the amount of damage that the termites have done to your home, you can either treat the infestation using an insecticide that is applied on the ground surrounding your home or by fumigating your whole house. To fumigate your home for a severe infestation, the house will be tented and the insecticide gas will be introduced into the tent. Both options need to be professionally done and are very effective at eliminating termite problems.

Take Steps to Prevent Future Termite Intrusion in Your Home

Once you have identified that there are termite issues in your home, then it is necessary that you prevent them from entering into the wood of your home in the future. Follow these guidelines to keep the termites from coming back into your home:

  • keep mulch away from the foundation of your home
  • trim bushes away from the foundation of your home
  • seal cracks around windows and doors with silicone caulking
  • keep firewood stacked on pallets off of the ground

Finally, you must have your home inspected each year to ensure that the termites have not returned and caused any more damage to your home. This will allow you to head off any potential problems when they are small and inexpensive to fix. For more tips, contact a company like Bug Busters.

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