Fort Myers Pest Control: Tip 5 “How Do I Prevent Termite Damage?”

Prevent Termite Damage

This is the 5th of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.

The best method for pest prevention is proper maintenance of your home. Try to eliminate and prevent conditions that are conducive to termite activity in or around your home, such as unmaintained landscaping or wood structures lying near the foundation.

In areas of high volume of termite damage such as Southwest Florida, termite prevention should be a part of annual home maintenance. This will help ensure that you detect termite infestations as early as possible.

Here are some preventative measures you can take to help you prevent termite damage:

Mulch and landscaping
Moisture in the soil may attract termites to the area and cellulose-containing mulches may be eaten by termites. Never spread mulch so that it touches the foundation or siding on your home!

Siding
Siding should always be at least 6-inches (preferably higher) above the grade or soil line. Flower beds and other gardening should never touch the foundation. Also, you should never dig up the soil within 12 inches of the house, as this is the area that was treated for termites.

Anticipate Your Plant Growth
When planting shrubs, you should think about how large the plants will be in 10-15 years. Do not plant shrubs too close to the foundation, as they may hide termite activity. Tree or shrub limbs that are touching the house can also provide an entry point.

Clothes Dryer Ducts
These should vent to the exterior of the house. A disconnected or damaged duct will vent warm moist air into the crawlspace, creating conditions conducive to termites.

7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House and HomeRehang or Replace Fallen Insulation
Fallen insulation may lead to moisture problems and the paper backing on insulation laying on the ground can be attacked by termites.

Preventing termite damage is much less expensive than fixing the damage that they’ve already caused. However, if you suspect that these destructive little creatures are already nibbling away at your house, don’t waste any more time. Get a free termite inspection. If we find termite activity, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you can trust a QualityPro Member with a return policy that states 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Or Your Money Back. Call (800) 314-8813 for termite service today.

-Keith

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