3 Tips on How to Get Rid of Termites

termite eating cartoon 175x195What would be 3 tips on how to get rid of termites? As far as tips and advice, this is probably one of those subjects best served as a preventative rather than in remediation. Getting rid of termites can be pretty tricky at best and without some very specific training can be very frustrating and costly. The cost can add up in chemical cost from buying more and more chemicals and from the structural damage that continues until the termites are stopped once and for all. There are things that you can do to help prevent infestation by termites.

Termites eat wood for the cellulose so they have to have access to the wood. Barriers can be placed between the wood and the soil preventing the workers from having access to the wood itself. This is most often done during the construction of the structure. Barriers can be physical or chemical.

There are conditions that can make one structure more vulnerable to infestation than another. In the termite world these are most often referred to as conducive conditions. There are many things that can make a structure conducive to termite infestation. In fact there are very few residences on the market that are not conducive in some way, somewhere. Do a regular inspection of the property looking for wood to ground contact, soil lines that cover the lowest level of bricks, leaking pipes or other sources of moisture. Firewood stacked next to the structure, scrap lumber or even cardboard boxes. There are many conditions that can make one home easier to infest than another. Think like a termite and look for conditions that provide easy or hidden access for termites to enter the structure. When you find these conditions, eliminate them.

A termite treatment performed by a licensed termite technician is another way to prevent infestation. The treatment is usually the same whether it is a preventative or a remedial for an active infestation. The big difference between the two will be the cost of repairs associated with an active infestation.

What are my 3 tips on how to get rid of termites?

  1. Prevent
  2. Prevent
  3. Call in a professional for a free termite inspection.

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