Termite Problems DIY Tips for Controlling Them

Sep 25 2019
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Fortunately for us northern Minnesotans termite problems are not an issue. I did find some carpenter ant damage during the renovation and not long ago when I was ripping the stucco off my house. Our seasons are just so harsh we just don’t have insect issues like other places in the country. A good friend of mine down in Florida spends a bundle every year to get their entire home sprayed because its such a problem for them down there!

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Responsible for losses worth more than $30 billion annually, termites are the most disturbing insects you can encounter. It’s important to inspect your home for possible termite issues.  

Termites are known for causing blistering on floors, hollow and damaged wood, mud tubes across walls, and weakened building foundations. Termites do not sleep. They’ll be active day and night eating wood. Therefore, you should act quickly if you think you notice a termite infestation. 

Discover some DIY tips for controlling termite problems at home. 

Maintain Proper Ventilation and Sealing

When condensation builds up and water molecules leak into wood, termites find the perfect habitat to live. That’s why you need working ventilation equipment in your house including the basement, attic, and garage. 

You should also install sealing and moisture barriers in the house to prevent moisture buildup behind the walls. Without moisture in your timber constructions, termites can’t find the right conditions to survive. 

Set Bait for Termites 

Once you notice termites in your yard or garden, you want to prevent them from entering your home. You should place termite baits near the termite nests. Bait poisons will lure the termites from your house and give you a chance to eradicate them. 

Some common baits include strips of cardboard, bait poison, and boric acid. For subterranean termite problems, you can also dig trenches extending out from your home and spray insecticides in the trenches to keep the termites from crossing over into your home.

Keep Wood Piles Far From Your House

When you have wood piled up near your house, termites can easily use them to enter your house. You should keep any woodpiles at least 20 feet from your home. Some of the common attractors for termites include firewood, garbage bins, damaged furniture, mulch piles, and tree stumps. 

Use Plastic for Storage

Many people tend to store their personal items in cardboard boxes in the garage. Cardboard is a source for cellulose, which termites love. You should switch from storing anything in cardboard within your house. Instead, try to keep your items in plastic bins, especially useful for trash bins.

Inspect Your Foundation Each Season

Each season, termites could try to seek refuge in your home. You should walk around your house and study your home’s foundation to look for termite colonies and termite problems. Since termites don’t eat through concrete, they’ll construct mud tubes for navigating. If wood constructions are infested, they’ll feel and sound hollow. 

Trim Trees and Shrubs 

Termites can also use nearby vegetation to navigate to your house. If you find vegetation that touches your ceiling, windowsills, and door pillars, trim brush and overgrowth as soon as possible. Do not put mulch against your house when trimming bushes and shrubs. Regularly cut down tree branches crossing over to your house and remove any signs of termite presence on the branches. 

Remember that termites are active throughout the year, and you should always keep up your guard. You can seek expert pest extermination services if the problem persists. Professionals can help you identify solutions for dealing with termite problems.

Responsible for losses worth more than $30 billion annually, termites are the most disturbing insects you can encounter. DIY Tips for termite problems
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