3 Ways to Prevent Termite Damage Before the Winter

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exterminatorTermites cause serious problems for homeowners. During the months they are most active, August to November, they can not only cause extreme structural damage but can end up costing you a significant amount of money. It’s estimated that U.S. residents spend about $5 billion a year to prevent termites and repair any subsequent damage.

It’s finally almost winter and although that means chilly temperatures, snow, and holiday craziness, at least it means termites will take a break from stressing out U.S. homeowners. Just because winter is only a few weeks away, however, doesn’t mean you can just take a break from protecting your home from these unwanted pests. You should still do everything possible to prevent termite damage from overtaking your home, and that includes working with a professional exterminator if you do find any signs of these pests.

Roof Prevention
It’s important that you make sure your roof is properly maintained throughout the duration of termite season. Any damaged shingles or tiles can lead to a swarm of termites. Any damaged part of your roof will produce extra moisture, which attracts termites. Make sure you periodically inspect your roof, have any broken tiles repaired, and handle damp areas as soon as possible.

Flooring Prevention
Wooden flooring is a great source of food for termites. It’s so important to address your flooring problems, perhaps even quicker than anything else, because once the termites have access to your home’s floors, they can spread out throughout your house and cause even more damage. Make sure you have an exterminator take a look at your floors if there is any damage, and you might want to think about installing a termite barrier under your floors.

Outdoor Prevention
Just because the interior of your home is secure doesn’t mean that termites can’t get in. Termites can just as easily damage your outdoor property like your garden, trees, and backyard furniture, and then make their way into your home if you don’t act fast. You should remove old tree stumps in your yard, use certain types of mulch, and make sure there is enough space between mulch and your home.

Your best bet is to contact a pest control service and hire an exterminator to eradicate any termite swarms. Contact Dixon Pest Services today for assistance!

Why Being a Reactive Homeowner Can Result In Spending Way Too Much Money

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hire an exterminatorTaking care of your home is an essential part of owning a home. If you just let everything fall apart, obviously you’re going to have a lot of issues. Just about every homeowner knows that they have to at least do some home improvement if they’re serious about living inside their home for more than a couple of weeks.

But when it comes down to it, there are two very different ways of taking care of your home. The first is proactive home improvement, which involves homeowners doing things to actively prevent serious damage before disasters occur. The second way of practicing home improvement is reactive home care, which is less home improvement and more passive home destruction. Only taking care of your home reactively means waiting until a problem becomes too big to ignore and then fixing it. Long term, this approach can lead to the ruin of your home.

Not only that, it always ends up costing more money in the long run. Here are a few reasons why reactive home care will cost you much more than necessary.

Reactive Roofing Care
The proactive homeowner periodically inspects their roof and works with professionals to ensure no damage is present. The reactive homeowner, on the other hand, does nothing until the damage is already affecting the home. Even the smallest hole in a roof can transform and grow into a serious issue that will not only cost your family thousands of dollars to repair, but will put them in a direct risk of damage.

Reactive Pest Control
The proactive homeowner will hire an exterminator well before any infestations have occurred. By doing this, the proactive homeowner will prevent serious termite damage from destroying his or her home. Reactive homeowners who discover termite damage in their house end up sending roughly $3,000 to repair the damage. Rather than contacting a pest control company or hire an exterminator in the early stages of attacking termites, the reactive homeowner waits until it’s too late and will have a seriously damaged home. If you want to be proactive and hire an exterminator to prevent any pest infestations in Tallahassee, contact Dixon Pest Services today!

Reactive Molding Prevention
The proactive homeowner, once again, comes out on top because they take the necessary steps to actually prevent water damage, thereby preventing molding within the home. The reactive homeowner, staying true to form, doesn’t do anything until too much mold is present, thereby spending much more money than their proactive counterpart.

Don’t be a reactive (lazy) homeowner. Take care of these issues before they get worse and cause financial, structural, and emotional damage to your family and your home.

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Tallahassee, FL 32308