Termite Prevention 101: 3 Simple Tips to Keep Away Termites

Published April 14th, 2020 by Vision Pest Control

Termites cause damage to over 600,000 U.S. homes each year. These damages could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. 

It's best to take termite prevention methods before there are signs of termites. For some people, it may be too late. 

What's the best way to prevent termites? What can you do to eliminate existing termites?

Keep reading for three simple tips to get rid of termites and how to prevent them in the first place.

1. Identify the Termites and Damage

There are 45 different species of termites. They all boil down to three types: subterranean termites, drywood termites, and dampwood termites.

These three types are all common in the southern California area. That being said, subterranean termites are the most common type of termite found in U.S. homes.

Preventing pest infestations begins with properly identifying the pest. Different types of termites call for different termite protection.

For instance, subterranean termites live in soil and need moisture to survive. Drywood termites need moisture, but only the natural moisture that lies in wood. 

The easiest way to tell the difference is to look at the termites. If the termites have wings, they're drywood termites. If they don't have wings, they're most likely subterranean termites.

Another important factor of ridding your house of termites is knowing they're there. There a few tell-tale signs that termites are damaging your house. 

If you're lucky, you'll find termites themselves laying around near windows and door frames. They are attracted by light and sometimes make their way into the interior of your home. 

Another way to tell is by tapping on the area you think is damaged. If you hear little clicking sounds, the termites have heard you knock and are sending distress signals to their bug buddies.

Warped window sills or door frames are also a sign of an infestation. You may even see the wood damage in obvious areas that looks like sawdust.

2. Controlling Existing Termites

There are many ways to get rid of termites once you have them. It is advised to leave infestation control up to the professionals, as they have access to the best termite treatments.

One way pest professionals eliminate termites is through a liquid application. They will dig a trench around your home and treat the area with a termite spray that kills existing termites and deters future termites.

Another way they service termites is foam treatment. This is a termiticide that goes into wall voids to eliminate termites.

The third way they can take care of termites is fumigation. This process requires you and your family to leave the home while they use termiticidal gas to eliminate the termites.

3. Proactive Termite Prevention

There are many pest prevention tips to avoid further termite infestation. 

If you're building a home, be sure to choose resinous woods that are resistant to termites. If your home is already built, seal the house with properly fixed windows and doors.

Fixing leaks, sealing cracks, treating wood and eliminating any excess wood near the home are all pest prevention steps. You can also use sand or concrete as a barrier around your home for extra protection.

Terminate Those Termites

Now you have the knowledge to identify termites and their damage, and the best steps for termite prevention and elimination. 

Vision Pest Control can rid your home of termites and repair the damage they've done. Visit our website and leave us a message to start the termite control process today.

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