The damage that termites cause can be catastrophic for your home and your finances. These pests cause billions of dollars in damage each year to properties throughout the United States. Termites are a constant threat in San Diego County. This means that you must be proactive in your efforts to prevent termites in order to protect your home. Termite prevention is a multi-step process that includes steps you can take on your own and steps that must be handled by a termite professional.
Keep up with the maintenance of your home
Termites are tiny pests that can find their way into your home through small entry points. You may not be able to seal up every single area that is a potential entry point, but you can take steps to make your home more secure against termites. Keeping up with the maintenance of your home can help with termite prevention. Routine maintenance is a way to prevent small problems from turning into significant issues.
Prevent a buildup of moisture
Areas around your house with a high level of moisture can make your home more susceptible to a termite infestation. Subterranean termites need moisture to survive and typically get it from the soil. If you have issues with drainage or a leak, the moisture level can increase and make your home more attractive to termites. It is important to deal with water issues around your home as quickly as possible in order to help prevent termites.
Investigate the cause of damaged wood around your home
One of the tell-tale signs of termite activity in your home is damaged wood. However, there are other things that can damage wood besides termites. For example, there is fungi that can damage wood and cause it to rot over time. In order to properly deal with the damaged wood around your home, you need to determine the underlying cause of the damage. In most cases, it requires the help of a professional to determine if your damaged wood was caused by termites or a different issue.
Get a professional termite inspection
The most important step you can take to prevent termites and termite damage at your home is to get a professional termite inspection. An inspection involves having a professional do a complete evaluation of your home and look for signs of termite activity, damage, and areas of concern. Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will go through the results with you to provide you with a clear understanding of the current condition of your home. The results of the inspection will provide you with the information you need to decide which steps to take next.
Invest in professional termite control
In San Diego County, it is not a matter of if your home will encounter termites – it’s a matter of when your home will encounter termites. These pests are a major issue in this part of the country and your home is continually at risk. Investing in ongoing, professional termite control will help you protect your home from the damage that termites can cause.
At Nixtermite, we help homeowners in San Diego County and surrounding areas protect against termites, eliminate active infestations, and deal with the damage that termites cause. The first step in the process – whether you are interested in prevention or think you have an active infestation – is to schedule a professional inspection. Get in touch today to schedule a termite inspection and get started on the process of protecting your home from these destructive pests.