Termite control is best accomplished by conducting routine inspections and providing a protective barrier around your property. Additionally, outdoor wood sources should be kept to a minimum and any wooden structures that you decide to keep should remain far away from your home's exterior.
A Swarm And Other Signs Of Termites
You may notice a swarm of winged termites during the spring. Winged insects will have tan bodies. The termites will forage for food and will be in search of moist wood, cardboard, or another cellulose-rich material that they can harbor in. You may spot a mixture of winged and wingless termites inside of wood or dirt furrows that are on your property.
Wet logs that contain a lot of crevices or wooden fencing panels that are warped may indicate that termites are present. Any living pests should be spot-treated by spraying an insecticide on them. If wood that contains termites is near vegetation that will be consumed, purchase a non-toxic pesticide and use it to control the insects. Upon treating termites, cut up old logs and dispose of them and use a sealant to protect wooden fencing panels or similar materials that were previously infested.
A Protective Barrier
If termites live near your home's exterior, they may eventually find their way into your residence. Create a protective barrier that will deter termites by spraying pesticides and installing bait stations. Pesticides should be sprayed along each side of your home. Aim a pesticide product toward the lower part of your home and spray the product near your home's foundation. Bait stations will deter and kill pests that are undetectable. Termites could be living underground or near ground level. Purchase a set of stations that contain spikes. The spikes can be impressed into the ground. The bait stations will contain a liquid, granule, or gel formula that is designed to eradicate termites. Pesticides and bait stations will continue controlling termites for several months.
Other Precautions To Control Termites
Wet mulch, leaves, logs, and twigs should never be left to sit within close proximity to your home. Perform weekly inspections of your property and rake up debris that has fallen. Place all of the materials in a yard waste collection box or bag.
If you purchase lawn ornaments that are constructed of wood, treat the wood with a sealant. Afterward, set up the ornaments on your property. Avoid placing cardboard boxes and other products that contain cellulose near your home's exterior.
For more information on termite control, contact an extermination company in your area.