A termite infestation can have the potential to cause catastrophic structural damage to your house if it is not treated in a timely manner. While homeowners are often aware of the problems that termites can pose, they may not be knowledgeable about the steps for combating or preventing termites from causing this damage.
Have Your Home Undergo A Termite Inspection On A Yearly Basis
Termites will most often target areas of the home that are extremely difficult for you to see. Often, this will include the basement, crawl spaces and the roof. It can also be difficult for a homeowner to successfully spot termite damage if they attempt these inspections themselves. While it is fairly easy to recognize severe termite damage, minor damage can be far more difficult to recognize without adequate training. For this reason, it is advisable to have a termite control company inspect your home each year for signs of termite activity.
Treat The Property Around Your Home For Termites
You may be acutely aware of the need to treat your home for termites on a regular basis. However, it can be easy to overlook the need to treat the rest of your property. This is particularly true if you have many large trees or other woody plants near your house. Termites can be attracted to these plants as a source of food, and this can cause the plants to develop serious health problems. In fact, termites can weaken trees enough to cause large branches to fall to the ground, which can be very damaging to anything they hit. While treating the rest of your property for termites will help to protect your plants, it will also help to protect your home against this threat, as termites will often spread to homes after they have targeted nearby trees.
Repair Structural Damage From Termites As Soon As Possible
After a home has had the unfortunate luck of suffering termite damage, it is important to have any termite damage repaired as quickly as possible. Some homeowners will make the mistake of failing to repair minor termite damage after treating the property. This can have the unfortunate consequence of making the house more vulnerable to future termite problems. The previous infestation may have left tunnels in the wood of the house, and if the house develops termite issues in the future, these insects may use the already-existing tunnels. This can lead to the termites quickly spreading throughout the house, which can greatly complicate the process of extermination.