Termites – Prevent Or Pay

The termite is a tiny pest that can cause terrible amount of damage to a home. In fact the cause an estimated $2.5 billion dollars’ worth of damage in the United States per year. They can be in your home for years without you even noticing them.

Part of the reason that many home owners don’t notice an infestation is because extensive damage can take place inside wood without disturbing the surface. Another reason is that people simply don’t check to see if there is an infestation.

How Do They Get In?
Termites typically enter your home where it comes in contact with the ground. They do this in a couple of different ways; one is with the use of mud tubes. Mud tubes are earthen passages that termites build to travel in as they forage for food. They are the color of soil and can be found around the foundation of your home or at times moving up pillars. ‘

The other way is by directly tunneling through wood. They can do this anywhere wood from your home comes in contact with the ground.

Inspection
To check your home for these dastardly beasts you should visually inspect the base of your home for mud tubes both outside and inside your crawl space or basement. Also if you notice flying termites around your home you might need to address this issue as well by checking the attic area.

Prevention
To prevent a termite infestation there are a number of different things you can use, including termite bait, soil treatments, and wood treatments with termite spray products. Termite bait and bait stations are straight forward enough; you simply place them in a perimeter around your home and periodically check them to ensure that there is bait for termites to consume.

To treat the soil around your home you apply a termiticide directly into the soil. This normally requires that you dig a trench around your home or any piece of your home that come in contact with the ground. You might also need to drill though your drill way or other impervious surfaces to apply these treatments.

Wood treatments, as you might have guessed, are applied to the wooden structures that comprise your home. There are both topical and internal applications that can be used for wood treatments. When treating for termites you need to follow the manufacturers’ labeled instructions for use.

However you decided to treat your home the cost comparison between the cost of prevention and restoration and mitigation proves true the old adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

This post was written by Heather Ashton, an avid blogger and home improvement enthusiast from Atlanta, Georgia. Heather has been researching various DIY home improvement methods and products for over five years and enjoys writing about her findings.