Termites, also known as "silent destroyers", can inflict a tremendous amount of damage to your home without any signs of infestation. If left untreated, they can quickly damage your foundation, walls, furniture and any other wooden structures in your home. It's, therefore, very important to know how you can get rid of termites in your home.
Before you get rid of the termite problem in your home, you need to identify the places they are most prevalent. You can detect termite infestation by watching out for these:
- Mud tubes
- Paint that appears to be peeling or bubbling
- Sagging floors
- Solid wood that sounds hollow when you knock on it
- Crumbling wood
- Pinholes found in drywall
If you do not notice any obvious signs of termite damage, take your screwdriver and inspect your support beams, floor beams and any wooden structure. If you are not certain, it is much better to hire a commercial pest control company than to risk letting an infestation go unchecked.
Kill the Termites
Killing termites is relatively easy for you as you just need to get the pest control product and know how and where to apply. Depending with your local pesticide store, get the product that targets termites and ants. Inquire for the most effective pesticides to rid of termites.
Using a spray can apply the pesticide in all the infested areas in your house. Once you treat the areas where the termites were most predominant, watch out for future infestation.
Preventing termite infestation is as good as treating the termite problem. You need to make sure termites can't get into your home, and if they are already inside you have to ensure they won't come back once you get rid of them.
You need to seal every crack and crevice you can find with a sealant. Also, eliminate wood debris in and around your home, and if you have debris ensure it is suspended off the ground. Termites are unlikely to find the wood debris if it has no contact with the ground.
Avoid excessive moisture inside and outside your home as it attracts pests. When termites do not have access to water they will die. To reduce moisture in your home, try the following:
- Inspect water pipes and faucets to make sure there are no leaks; make sure your basement and attic are properly ventilated. Keep the humidity at low levels to reduce moisture.
- Termites will also eat cellulose-based materials like the junk in your gutters; hence you need to keep them away.
- Avoid spraying anything made of wood when watering your yard.