Termite damage is costly and is seldom covered by homeowners insurance. Because they live within walls and furniture, many homeowners do not recognize infestations until they are fully mature. Mature colonies require constant feeding and can inflict damage every day that they are left undetected. For these reasons, it is highly advisable to engage in preconstruction termite control when building a home or other structure.
One popular preconstruction termite treatment is the use of termite-resistant wood. Resinous woods are naturally termite resistant, and some other woods are chemically injected to deter termites. While no method can guarantee safety against natural pests, termite-resistant wood has been remarkably effective in protecting new homes from infestation for a time.
The creation of barriers surrounding or under a home’s foundation may also prove effective. Chemically treated synthetic blocks, insulation or soil are used for this purpose. Liquid residual preconstruction treatments also can be applied to the soil during home construction. They are often applied to soil prior to building slabs being poured. These barriers can be effective in preventing a subterranean termite infestation.
The success of any pest control program depends on the ability of the homeowner to make sure their property doesn’t experience any further infestations. The best way to accomplish this is to maintain a professional inspection schedule—even if you don’t see any discernible signs of an infestation, termites can still exist under your house or in other difficult-to-spot areas. To keep termites from re-infesting your home between professional inspections, consider the following tips:
Keep all wooden parts of your house from touching the soil -Termites can crawl directly from soil onto wood, so it’s a good idea to have stone, concrete or sand barriers between the soil and your house. Don’t forget to make sure wooden deck posts and home supports also have barriers that protect them from the soil.
Remove wood debris, leaves and brush from around the base of your home -Termites often live in fallen trees or firewood, and they can transfer to your home if old wood comes in contact with its exterior. They’re also drawn to standing water, so make sure you regularly clear out your gutters and drains.
Apply fresh coats of paint to all painted areas of your home -There’s not a lot one can revent dry wood termites from coming in to your home, but it’s much harder for them to burrow if they land on a freshly painted surface
Seal attic vents and vents leading to crawlspaces under your home -Keeping termites out of these areas will help prevent them from boring into untreated wood.
Don’t hesitate to take preventative measures against subterranean termites -Even if you don’t have a noticeable problem, getting regular treatments can set you up for six to 10 years of protection