Termite damage. There are two words every Alabama homeowner and potential homebuyer loathes hearing. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, treating the structural damage caused by termites costs property owners more than $2 billion each year. Employing prevention measures may help people protect their properties from costly termite damage.
Having proper drainage and grading is important for helping people keep termites from infesting their homes. If their properties are in the construction phase, they should utilize concrete for their foundations and allow a space for ventilation between the soil and wood. It is also advisable to protect wood surfaces with metal barriers or sealants. After their homes are built, people may ensure appropriate drainage and grading by using and maintaining gutters and downspouts.
Reducing termites’ access to houses is essential for preventing infestations. Homeowners should ensure that any cracks in cement foundations or leaks are immediately fixed. Additionally, they should fill in the areas surrounding where utilities pass through walls with caulk, cement or grout. Bath traps should be treated by your Termite company.
To help prevent termite infestations, homeowners should refrain from storing or piling firewood or wood debris near their houses. Further, they should avoid planting trees or shrubbery too near to their homes, and homeowners should trim back plants and trees regularly, so they do not meet exposed wood surfaces of their houses. This also allows for a more thorough termite inspection and treatment.
It is a good idea for homeowners to conduct checks annually on their home. These checks should include checks for water leaks, which can attract termites. and homeowners may also benefit from working with their pest control professionals to address areas that may draw termites to their homes.