A termite infestation can cause property damage resulting in expensive repairs. These troublesome pests are known to eat away at the wood in floors, walls, and other structural elements. Here are some effective steps you can take to prevent termites in your home.
Use Natural Remedies to Prevent Termites in Your Home
Common household ingredients make excellent termite repellents. Orange oil can work as a termite repellent in an area with only a small termite infestation. Boric acid mixed with sugar and water is another remedy that you can use to slow termites. Boric acid dehydrates the termite and shuts down its central nervous system.
Keep Wood Stored Away from Your Home
Any plywood, lumber, firewood, or even mulch that is stored near your house could attract termites. Termites are especially attracted to damp, decaying wood. Consider purchasing products, especially decking or porch materials, that are made with resinous or treated wood to help prevent termites in your home.
Release Some Nematodes
Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that feed on termites and can help control the growth of colonies. A type of nematode known as the Steinernema carpocapsae is known to be effective at preventing termite infestations. These roundworms are also safe for your property, family, and pets. Beneficial nematodes are available in garden shops or online.
Holes in your walls or around your windows and doors or cracks in your foundation can provide gateways for termites to enter. Repair any damaged caulking and use plaster or cement to seal openings where wood-destroying pests might enter. Pay special attention to areas where wiring or utility pipes enter the home.
Maintain your Garden Spaces
Dying vegetation in your garden or around your property could attract termites. This includes branches and twigs that have fallen from trees. Clearing your property of damp, decaying vegetation will remove a food source for termites. Because termites love moisture, be careful when watering gardens or shrubbery. Avoid overwatering and soaking the walls of your home or the foundation.
By taking measures to prevent termites, you can save time and money and help prevent damage from termites in your home. Regular termite inspections also prevent an infestation from getting out of hand and causing severe damage to your home.