Whenever we build or buy a house, we imagine a comfortable and happy life with our loved ones in it. And we don’t want anything to happen to our lovely home at any cost. But termites can turn your happy moments into turmoil. It is easy to get rid of other pests and repairing cost is also affordable in most cases but once the termites have infested your house, it can also cost millions to undo the damage. And those houses who had been under the attack of termites but survived lives under the terror of re-infestation. Because termites can come anytime and say, hello again!
That said, you can prevent termite re-infestation by following the steps mentioned in this blog.
So, without much ado, let’s dive in.
Methods to avoid Re-Infestation
- Eliminate wood that can come in contact with the ground and keep wood siding, door and window frames, at least six inches off the ground as it can give easy access to food, moisture and shelter, and direct, hidden entry into the building.
- Avoid accumulation of moisture near the foundation as the soil next to the foundation is always moist and hence vulnerable to termite infestation. Divert the water properly by ensure proper functioning of gutters, downspouts and splash blocks. Also, be sure to repair all the leaking faucets, pipes and air conditioning units.
- Do not store firewood or wood debris inside crawlspaces and against foundations as it can attract termites giving them a source of food along with a hidden entry point into the structure. The termites will be able to bypass the surrounding soil easily. Avoid plants that touch house such as vines, ivy, and other dense plantings and remove tree stumps and dead roots around your premises.
- Opt for year-round pest control treatment for regular inspection and treatment for any pests. They are trained and can perform deep inspection to identify any warning signs and eradicate termites and others pests from the source.
Although, house owners who have suffered the losses caused by termites recognize the signs of infestation. But given below a few signs that can help in acknowledging termites activity:
- Hollow sound from the wall when tapped
- Decaying wood
- The mazes on the wall
- Peeling of paint
If you notice any of these signs, it means re-infestation has already started. And to avoid the bigger loss, it’s important that you seek the help of a professional. Always keep checking the places where you had infestation before along with regular inspection of the house. Because it is the only way to fight termites and protect your house of happiness which contains so many memories to cherish.