Termites are expensive. Termites cost the United States billions in property damage. If termites infest your home, they not only eat your wood, but your wallet as well. The cost of repairs can run into the thousands of dollars. The termite extermination alone can cost between $1,200 and $3,000. When it comes to termites, the best way to save your home and money is to prevent an infestation. Here are eight easy ways to prevent termites from getting in:
1. Keep wood away from your home. You can carry termites onto your property with scrap wood or fire wood. As long as this wood is not near your home, the termites will not move from the wood pile to your home.
2. Check your foundation for holes and cracks. Termites enter your home through these small entrances. As long as your foundation remains solid and in good condition, there is no way the termites can get in. Fix any damage that you see as soon as possible.
3. Rake all leaves around your home and dispose of them. Remove any stray branches and sticks. Keep areas around your foundation clear. Debris from trees and bushes not only gives termites the food they need, but it also keeps the soil moist. When your soil is dry, the termites can't get any water.
4. Use a soil that specifically controls termites. Some soils that you buy at home improvement stores contain termiticides. While termiticides used in the past had negative impacts on the environment, new termiticides don't have these effects. These new soils break down much faster and don't harm the ecosystem.
5. When you repaint or repaper walls, add permethrin to the paint or glue. Permethrin repels termites, and is safe for use around people and animals. Use a low concentration solution and mix only a few drops into the paint.
6. Have a termi-mesh steel screen installed around the perimeter of your foundation. This screen is small enough that termites can't get through the mesh. This type of screen also prevents other bugs like ants and spiders from getting in your home.
7. Repair leaks in the plumbing of your basement and crawlspace as soon as possible. If you have a leak, run a dehumidifier and use a shop vac to suck up any puddles. Termites need a source of water and the best way to prevent an infestation is to take away that source.
8. Hire an exterminator to spray the exterior and interior of your home. Even if you don't have bug problems, an exterminator can spray pesticides that help prevent infestations. The pesticide will not only kill any bugs that are there, but repel future ones. You should have the exterminator spray at the start of every season since these pesticides break down fast.
With these tips, you can prevent termites from getting in and wrecking your home and wallet. To learn more, contact a company like Pest End Inc. for more help.