Termites cause billions of dollars in home and property damage each year in the United States, more than any other natural disaster.
There are things you can do without the help of an exterminator to prevent termite damage. Termites are attracted to wood and moisture, so it’s important to keep firewood and other wood-related items away from your home. Termite also feed on mulch; keep mulch away from the exterior of your home as this provides them with a food source. Lastly, keep gutters free and clear of debris so that moisture is not an issue.
To prevent termite damage, you need to know how to spot a termite infestation, usually evident in the spring by a termite swarm, when swarmers leave the nest to start new colonies. Swarming termites are an indication of a destructive termite colony nearby, even though they do not cause damage. They can be identified as having two pairs of long wings, are black, and look similar to flying ants. You’ll usually find swarming termites around windows, doors, and light fixtures since they’re attracted to light.
If you think you see swarming termites, call a professional termite control company and they will provide a termite inspection of your home and give you treatment options to eliminate the active termites and prevent a future termite infestation. The pest control company should also offer multiple warranty options with damage repair coverage.