The thought of termites getting into your Chula Vista home can be a frightening thing. Years of making payments to increase your investment in your home and making repairs and improvements can all be wiped out by a serious termite infestation if you do not catch it early enough. To protect yourself from the devastating costs of termite damage repairs, follow these termite prevention tips that include having a yearly termite inspection by a pest pro that you trust. Here are 3 termite prevention tips for homeowners.
Termites can not simply walk or fly into your home unless a door or window is left open. They have to be more clever than that by sneaking in through tiny entry points you may not even know exist. One place that is common for termites to enter is through the foundation.
Termites will create mud tunnels to conceal themselves as they get close to your foundation and look for small cracks or holes to enter your home. Be sure that mulch in your flower beds or even the soil never comes up above your foundation line. It is always a good idea to not let anything directly touch your foundation. Termites can infest mulch and if the mulch is up against your foundation, termites have food and time to find the best place for entry into your house.
Your house is already made of termite food. They eat the cellulose in the wooden beams and boards in your house. When termites are determining where to land and start a new colony, water is at the top of their list. If you have small water leaks in your home, fixing these issues immediately will keep your home from looking like the perfect place for termites to live.
Roof damage during winter months can cause just enough water to come in to quench the thirst of a colony of termites. Be sure to check for any outside damage that may let water into the home.
The simplest and most effective way to prevent termites from coming into your Chula Vista home is to set up a regular termite inspection done by an experienced and trusted pest pro. You can do your best to keep your foundation clear of debris and your home water tight, but having trained eyes to look for evidence of termites and knowing what to do when they find them is invaluable and will be the best line of defense from termites. Having a trained, experienced technician inspecting your property at least once a year will keep termites out of your home or will stop their infestation early, to prevent your home from becoming bug food.
If you are in the Chula Vista area and want to ensure that your home stays intact and that no termite ever crosses your threshold, give the best termite exterminators in town, Nixtermite, a call today to start your yearly inspection and treatment.