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Termite Prevention | Control


Termite Prevention | Control

The only sure prevention of termite problems is the use of building materials other than wood. However, if wood is used, there are preventative measures available to the builder other than chemical treatments and treated wood products.

Maintenance is critical to eliminating and preventing conditions that are conducive to termite activity in or around homes.

When it comes to gaining access to your home, termites are amazingly proficient. The last thing you want to do is make their job easier. Fortunately, the steps below will help you prevent termites from becoming a problem in the first place, or help keep them from coming back after a Termidor Certified Professional has gotten rid of them for you.

Termite Tips

Today's homes must seem like a free buffet for termites. With their shear-like mandibles, the colony can destroy the equivalent of a foot of 2x4 in just 118 days. They can hollow out wood beams. Gut walls. Ruin floors. And nothing made of cellulose – not wood or wallpaper or even books – is safe. They've been known to chew through vinyl, linoleum, pvc, pipe and underground cables. In fact, termites do more damage to structures each year than fires, floods and storms combined!

Only Terminix ProtectionSM gives you solutions that fit you as if they were made for you. Here are some Protection tips that you can do yourself to help:

TIP 1
Don't delay in fixing roof or plumbing leaks. These leaks can allow termites to survive above ground in a house.

TIP 2
Eliminate any wood-to-soil contact around your foundation and remove wood debris near your home.

TIP 3
Don't let mulch or soil touch the siding of your home. It makes it much easier for termites to enter.

TIP 4
Store firewood away from your home.

TIP 5
Use mesh screens on all windows and doors, as well as ventilation openings for attics and crawl spaces.

TIP 6
Seal nail holes and cracks in exposed wood to help prevent easy access by drywood termites.

TIP 7
Contract with a professional pest control company to regularly inspect your home to detect a termite infestation and then treat it accordingly.

Termite Prevention

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