Termites are an important part of the ecosystem. They help to break down wood and recycle it, and if they weren’t a part of nature, there would be huge problems. However, when termites are in your home, they can be a huge problem themselves.
The best way to save yourself the money and the headache of dealing with a termite infestation is to be able to recognize a problem early on, and to prevent the infestation from getting out of hand.
Termites cause more damage to homes in the US than all other wood destroying pests combined, but you don’t need to be an expert to keep them from causing serious damage to your property. With a basic understanding of their biology and behavior, you can take major steps towards preventing an infestation.
Getting to Know Termites
The bodies of termites are very soft, and they can dry out if they’re exposed to air, so termites spend most of time either in their nest or underground. On warm and humid days in the summertime, they will come out of their nests, and if you spot any of them roaming around, you can bet a nest is nearby.
Their nests need to be high in moisture, so termites construct mud tubes that run moisture from the ground into the nests. If their nest is in the woodwork of your Marietta home, there are probably these tubes running through your wood, and they can cause structural damage and may also lead to mold growth. Termites, in fact, need this mold to make the wood softer and easier to chew.
If you spot these mud tubes in any part of your home, then you definitely have a termite problem. But even more revealing is the presence of what are called “swarmers”. Swarmers are winged termites, and they’re the only ones that can exist outside of the nest. In the early Spring, they’ll be very noticeable if there is an infestation in your home.
Look for the black bodies and long wings of these termites, and you find them, call a professional as soon as possible.
How to Prevent Termite Infestations
The best treatment for a termite infestation is preventing it. There are few simple ways you can achieve this without breaking the bank.
The best thing you can do is make sure that there is adequate airflow around the perimeter of your home:
Trim back any vegetation and make sure that you store firewood away from your home. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on any parts of the wood of your home that come into contact with the ground. Any parts of your Marietta home that have old or rotted wood should be repaired. Replace the old wood with fresh wood.
Also, keeping your home’s gutters clean and clear will help make sure that there’s no excessive moisture around your perimeter, so the termites will not find it to be a habitable space.