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Tips To Prevent Termites

Termites are one of the biggest contributors to home destruction, costing a staggering $1 billion in damages each year. One of the few insect colonies to eat continuously, a typical single termite colony can completely consume 2.3 linear feet of 2×4 pine in a single year. If that does not sound like much to you, consider the seriousness of the situation if that 2×4 was also one of the supporting beams of your house. Keep in mind also that where there is one termite colony there are usually others, clustered together in pursuit of food. Suddenly, that 2.3 linear feet seems significant, and it is, especially when it is multiplied four or five times.

Preventing termites from invading your property can be difficult. However, you can help reduce your chance of getting them by keeping stored firewood away from your home. Reduce the amount of mulch placed near your home. If you decide to use mulch, limit it to 2 to 3 inches in depth and keep it as far away from your home as possible. Mulch should never touch wood siding, door frames or window frames.

Also, identify and fix all water leaks in your home, both internal and external. Make sure your home is properly ventilated, including your attic and internal crawl space areas. Adequate airflow prevents the buildup of moisture needed by termite colonies. Termites need water, and it does not matter where they get it. If the water source comes from your home, all the better for the colony; it means they do not have to work as hard. Eliminating their water source removes one of their requirements for survival.

Have your home inspected for termite damage at least once a year. A once-a-year inspection from Triple S can save your home with early detection. If termites are not found, our trained pest control specialists can at least offer recommendations to help you prevent an invasion. They may catch something you missed.

If you see signs of termite activity or mulch that looks like insects have eaten it, contact Triple S immediately 800-457-3785.