Fight Termite Damage In Your Home This Fall: Part 2

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hire an exterminatorYou’ve already learned about the importance of taking care of all the leaf piles on your property, fixing all the holes in your screens, and securing your roof and attic, but now it’s time to take a deeper dive into termite damage prevention. A single termite infestation can cause thousands of dollars in structural damage before you even notice what’s happening, which is why all homeowners need to understand how to perform basic termite control and prevention.

Here are a few additional tips to prevent severe termite damage and infestations inside your home.

Get rid of any mess piles inside your home
Cleaning up after yourself sounds obvious, but not enough homeowners do so. If you don’t pick up your dirty dishes and messes, you will have a serious bug problem on your hands. Additionally, you should take a good look around your home and get rid of any piles of clutter. Termites love clutter, and they will live in your room’s messes for an extended period of time. Make sure to thoroughly clean your home every few weeks to ensure that there are no insects present.

Keep everything away from your home’s structure
Be sure to keep at least six inches of clearance between soil and any structural wood to prevent decay. If there is any signs of decay within your home’s wooden structures, termites and carpenter ants will be drawn to it. Also, because termites are so reliant on wood matter, you should remove all piles of wood and other debris from around your house. Keep all firewood at least 20 feet away from the house, and it’s best to raise wood piles at least five or six inches off the ground at all times.

Hire an exterminator for regular inspections
It’s one thing to hire an exterminator to handle a major infestation, but it’s just as important to prevent termite damage. One of the best ways to do that is to consult with local termite professionals. Pest control services can handle termite extermination, but they can also excel at preventing infestations before they begin. You should do everything you can to prevent these pests from entering into and damaging your home, yes, but the only way to guarantee protection is to have professional exterminators come inspect your home on a regular basis.

Make sure you’re doing all you can to prevent these damaging bugs from entering your home and causing you and your family more stress. To learn more about preventing termite damage, or to hire a Tallahassee exterminator, contact Dixon Pest Services today

Fight Termite Damage In Your Home This Fall: Part 1

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termite damageTermite damage impacts roughly 600,000 homes in the United States every single year. Though these pests are much more active and aggressive during the summer, fall is just as good a time as any to focus on protecting your home from termite swarms. If a termite infestation is already active within your home, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is.

Here are some of the best tips to consider for protecting your home from swarms of these invasive pests and for preventing severe termite damage.

Termite proof your home’s exterior
Take a look at your roof, siding, and deck before it’s too late. If you aren’t staying on top of roof maintenance, your home is at risk for a severe termite infestation. It’s also wise to take a look at your roof prior to the upcoming winter. After checking your roof, checking for holes or missing shingles, and securing it, be sure to inspect your attic as well. Attics and crawlspaces can be a prime location for termite activity because of all the wooden beams and wooden surfaces.

Likewise, any wooden structures or materials on your home can be a prime territory for termites. Pay close attention to aging decks, patios, garages, and wooden siding.

Clear out any and all leaf clutter
Although fall leaves can look wonderful, when they fall into piles they act as insulated homes for termites and other damaging insects. Pests are always looking for moist, compact spaces to remain in for an extended period of time, and leaf piles are a great source for moist and warm areas. Check out leaf cutters and rake up and remove any piles of leaves on your property promptly.

Inspect all your home’s windows and screens for holes
Leaving your windows and doors open can feel great when it’s cool out, but if there are any breaks or holes in the screens, insects can climb right in. Spend some time checking the condition of all your screens and cover up any holes or gaps in your home’s entry points.

In addition to termite proofing your home and your exterior property, your best bet is to hire an exterminator in the event of a termite infestation. To learn more about preventing termite damage and infestations, contact Dixon Pest Services today. Also, keep an eye out for part two of our series on preventing termites from ruining your home.

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