Termite 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.