Whether you have just moved in to a new home or have been settled in one for years, it is important to keep up with termite prevention. The best time to fight the termites is even before they attack your house. |
Termites are focused in their pursuits, they are abundant in number, and they are probably nibbling on your home right now.
Termites are a bigger worry for homeowners than even fire or food. That alone should be sufficient for anyone to understand the capacity of these termites to wreck havoc in any house. They can destroy the wood in the house completely unless they are stopped at the right time.
Surprisingly most of the termite attack is caused by the actions of the home owners themselves. That is why it is important to understand things that encourage termites to attack your house, so that you can avoid them completely.
Before we can look at how to prevent termite infestation, let's look at the conditions that attract these insects to an area:
Soil: Most termites are subterranean, meaning that they build their colonies in the ground. They love the soil and build elaborate tunnel systems, called galleries, extending up to three feet below the surface. Termites will often use this versatile building material to create mud tubes leading from their underground colonies to above ground food sources, like the wood in your home.
Wood: Termites will consume any material that contains cellulose, and since wood contains a great deal of cellulose, termites devour wood voraciously. If a single piece of wood touches the ground, be certain that a colony of termites somewhere will know about it. Although some subterranean termites will consume other materials like vegetation, dung and humus, their primary source of food, and their favorite, is wood.
Water:As with most living things, termites generally cannot survive without a source of water present. Whether in the form of a leaky faucet or the natural precipitation process of rain, termites will always seek some source of moisture to survive.
The most common reason for termite attack is the plants kept near the sides of house especially ones that have grown out of control. That is why you should always try to keep the plants away from the sides of the house. If you or your neighbour must keep plants, take care to ensure that no part of the plants including the root is touching your house.
The second most common reason of termite infestation is the use of wood, the choicest food of termites, to build shed or deck in the backyard. If you still decide to go ahead with the plan, then at least make use of wood that is less attractive to the termites. Cedar and juniper are few wood types that are less loved by the termites. Please try to for such wood items even though they tend to be a little more expensive than other wood items.
All the above reasons of termite attack had to do with availability of wood as a bait for the termites to attack your house. Moisture is another item that is equally attractive for the termites. Look out for any source of moisture near your home and try to solve the issue. If it is the rain water falling down from the roof then put gutters on the roof to catch the water and then divert it to a spot away from the side of your home. Leaking pipe lines is another cause of moisture around the home. Look for any such source of water in your yard and get them repaired as soon as you can.
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