Since America was settled by England, wood has been a necessity for building homes. Over the years, people have created advanced methods to gather wood. Today massive machines, 18 wheeled trucks, and refineries make wood and timber one of the number one building materials for homes.
This utility of wood building products comes with many upsides, but there is one big downside. If your home is made primarily of wood, it's susceptible to termite infestation. If you are not careful, their appetite might result in thousands of dollars in property damage. To stop termites from infesting your home, it's important to be able to identify termites and exercise appropriate preventative measures to keep them away from your Houston home.
What Are Termites?
Chances are you have heard about termites. You know they are small insects that love to eat wood. What you may not know is how effectively they can destroy homes. For one, termites are fast breeders. It only takes three to five years for a termite colony to become fully mature. If that doesn’t sound so bad, keep in mind that, on average, a fully mature colony has around one million termites.
Beyond the overwhelming size of their colonies, termites don't sleep. The only thing that slows down termites is cold weather, and even then some species of termites have been known to set up their home inside the temperature-controlled walls of structures.
The two things that make termites most destructive are their numbers and how silently they can destroy homes. It is not uncommon for a termite infestation, or multiple termite infestations, to go unnoticed for several years. It isn’t until doors and windows get tight, floors start dipping, and wallpaper starts bubbling that people start to think they have a problem.
Where Do Termites Invade?
Termites can invade through any wooden part of a home but can be a bit picky about what types of wood they prefer. Specifically, termites prefer wood that has been softened by water damage, rot, or decay. Although most homes are treated to resist water damage when created, this protective layering often wears off after just a few years. If your home is over five years old, there is a good chance your home’s wood is at risk. All it takes is one broken gutter, leaky pipe, or moisture problem for your home’s wood to become a gourmet meal for hungry termites.
To know if your home is at risk of a termite infestation, do a thorough inspection of the wood. If you find mold, discolored wood, or signs of rot, you can guess your home is a viable candidate for a termite infestation.
How You Can Prevent Termites
Before you take any action to protect your home against termites, we recommend having it inspected first. Many of our prevention tips won’t eliminate termites, but they will make your home less susceptible to them. If you need help, GreenForce Pest Solutions will assist you in inspecting your home and completing the necessary repairs to prevent termite damage.
To make your home less attractive to termites, consider the following termite prevention tips:
- Fix leaks around your home.
- Repair broken gutters.
- Address moisture and humidity issues around your home.
- Trim back bushes and trees away from your home’s exterior.
- Avoid using wood-based mulch near your home’s exterior.
- Make sure there is a non-wood barrier between your home’s structural wood and exterior soil.
- Store firewood and lumber at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior and do your best to keep it dry.
- Keep your yard free of organic debris and clutter.
The Best Way To Keep Termites Away From Your Houston Home
At the end of the day, the only way to be sure termites stay off your Houston property is with professional help. Here at GreenForce Pest Solutions, we offer long term and effective solutions for termites. Whether your home currently has a termite problem or you would like to exercise appropriate preventative measures, the experts at GreenForce Pest Solutions are here to help.
Give us a call today to find out more about our services or to schedule an inspection for your home.