No matter what species, termites are destructive. With wood being like candy to them, you want them as far from a stick built house as you can get them. These tiny insects love the cellulose and nutrients that they find in wood. Interesting enough, other creatures cannot digest cellulose as easily, but due to the bacteria found in the stomach of termites it allows them to digest the substance easily and is actually necessary for them to live. They thrive on damp areas for their own survival, if they spend too much time in a dry area they will lose all moisture in their bodies and die. Which is why they love to trap themselves in a moist environment.
Here are a few tips to get you started on termite control.
- Don’t mulch close to the house
- Keep the house air conditioned, cool and dry
- Treat the house every 6 years
- Move any trees or scrap pieces of wood away from home especially stacked firewood
- Remove all wood to soil contact
- Inspect all cracks in homes foundation- which could eventually allow an easy access point for little critters
- Eliminate any and all sources of excess moisture that could create the perfect living conditions for termite invasions
Mulching within 10 feet of the house is just asking for it. Sure it makes for pretty landscaping, but that mulch is basically pre-chewed wood, and termites love it. Its easy to access, they can smell it from a mile away, and now they are in proximity to the house in very large volumes.
Instead of ditching the mulch all together, just consider moving it a little further from your home. We can also consider using other types of mulch. Mulch made from materials such as plastic or gravel does not have the same effect of attracting bugs like the mulch made from wood.
Preventing any wet areas from reaching our homes will also help prevent termites. If we find we have leaky or maybe even gutters that are full and are not working properly it could lead to leaks inside our homes creating damp spaces. We should also keep a close eye on any cracks or holes in our foundation, really make sure to be thorough in this process. We want to seal any cracks we may find. Also, we should do a regular inspection of our pipes. Cracked pipes can draw termites in and that’s the last thing we want.
Inside of our homes we love having a nice cool place to rest in the heat of summer. It can also help prevent termites because they cannot survive in a dry environment. What we need to look out for though, is our air conditioning units. They could potentially provide a moist environment for termites. Keep in mind these are the kind of places where they love to dwell. If we are not watching our air con units and we start noticing that the moisture release is not shooting away from the foundation of our home – we could be creating the perfect conditions for termites.
Keeping a close eye on our homes and what surrounds them is a big key factor of helping us find the root of the problem.
Tackling Termites In Southern Maryland
We love helping our customers completely remove termites from their homes. We will help you figure out what we believe is causing them and attracting them to your home. Discovering any dampness around your house, basement, and sometimes even your roof can be the issue. Our company has complete confidence in what we do because we have been dealing with these pesky critters for years now and we are determined to get them out of your home so you can stop worrying about the damages that are possibly being done.
What We Do For Exterminating
- Place a termite barrier around the house and porch
- Treat deck footers generously with termite treatment
- Inspect where wood meets concrete and treat both
If you live in Southern Maryland and need an exterminator for termites, give us a call. We service the tri county area including st marys county, charles county, and calvert county. We will get it done! Check out our post here why it is important to get an annual inspection for locals in the tri county area.