Four Termite Control Techniques To Keep Them Out Of Your Home This Spring
Winter is a great time to start putting together a termite control plan for Spring. Taking a few precautionary measures now can help you avoid getting termites in the Spring. Here is a simple checklist to help you prevent termites from entering your home.
• Store Wood Away From Your Home: We all love having a roaring fire to keep us warm during the winter. However, don’t let a love of sitting around the fireplace put you at risk for termites. You may be tempted to store firewood by your home, so you can grab logs quickly when you need them. Unfortunately, termites love hiding in firewood logs over the winter because it provides a steady stream of food. If logs are next to your home, the termites can find the wood in your house and start moving in.
• Remove Water: With the snow from the brutal winter storm that hit Maryland a couple of weeks ago finally melting, it’s a great time to check for water around your home. Termites, like all living creatures, need water to survive. So take a moment to walk around your property and identify anywhere that water is pooling. These areas need to be leveled come Springtime to help keep termites away. The bonus is that ridding your property of standing water will also help prevent mosquitoes and other pests.
• Trim Your Trees And Bushes: Wintertime is actually the best time of year to trim your trees and bushes. First, it is healthier for the tree to trim when it lies dormant and second, it makes it easier to see where to prune. The other benefit of trimming trees and bushes, especially around your home, if they can help prevent termites. Termites will use branches, limbs, and leaves as a pathway to your home. Cutting off their route can help keep them away this Spring.
• Seal Cracks And Crevices: Winter is a great time to identify cracks and crevices around your home. Walk around your home and feel anywhere that cold air is coming into your home. From there you can identify and fix any cracks and crevices. Termites and other pests will enter your home through these cracks and crevices. So fixing them is a great way to prevent getting termites.
These termite control tips will help you keep these pests out of your home this Spring. However, the only way to make sure you can avoid termites is to work with a professional exterminator. At BUGOUT Termite & Pest Control, Inc, we don’t just treat bugs, we will work with homeowners to prevent them. So if you are concerned that you may be at risk for termites this Spring, give us a call to learn more about our preventative services.