Every warm season brings joy into people’s lives. The days are longer, the sun caresses the Earth with its rays, trees and flowers start blossoming and every being is more active and full of life. We all know that this is a time when all creatures start a new life cycle, including those we don’t like very much, like all types of swarmers and flying termites.
Some insects like butterflies, bees or ladybugs live their lives out in the nature and we like to admire them for their beautiful colours and cheerful character. On the other hand, there are creatures we don’t like and don’t want near our homes.
Also known as pest, some insects can affect our daily lives with their presence, cause damage and diseases. Termites are among the most dangerous ones. In fact, according to some studies, they can cause important property damage, over $5 billion annually. This happens because of their ability to chew through everything that’s made of wood from a house, including flooring. Since nobody sees them, the owner doesn’t even know what hit him.
How to get rid of termites
Do-it-yourself measures won’t exterminate termites. If you think that you might have been infested, the first thing to do is contact a licensed pest professional. The company will immediately determine the extent of the problem and will recommend proper treatment.
If you want to have a job well done, look for a professional licensed by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The online environment is a good place to find pest exterminators as well. If you were to search Termite Control Kansas City, for example, you would find many options to choose from.
Termite infestations can be prevented
With all this considered, you can imagine that it’s important to put every effort into preventing a termite infestation. In this idea, NPMA is sharing some useful tips. These are just a few ideas, but you can look for more and apply them.
- Moisture from inside and around the house needs to be reduced or eliminated, so that termites couldn’t thrive;
- Leaking faucets, water pipes and the exterior of air conditioning units should be repaired;
- Fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles should be repaired;
- You need to divert water away from the house by building functioning gutters, downspouts and splash blocks;
- If there is any weather stripping and loose mortar near the basement foundation and windows you should replace them;
- Carefully monitor all areas made of wood from the exterior, including windows, doorframes and skirting boards. If changes appear, look for termite tracks;
- Between the soil and any wood portion of your home there should be a 18-inch distance;
- Firewood should be stored at a distance of at least 20 feet away from the house;
Last, but not least, a professional inspection is necessary every year. The damage caused by termites is not covered by any insurance policy.