Termite infestations are common in the warmer spring and summer months; fortunately, there are ways that you can prevent an infestation of termites in Columbia. A pest control expert or exterminator can perform a termite inspection and give you expert pest management tips for termite control. Here are some of the ways you can keep termites at bay this summer.
Reduce Your Risk of Termite Infestations
By understanding the factors that make a termite infestation more likely, you can minimize your risk. A pest control expert or termite exterminator can evaluate your home and determine the likelihood of an infestation. Termites need moisture to survive, so it’s a good idea to remove standing water, repair leaks, and reduce the humidity levels in your home. You should also repair damaged or rotting wood, store firewood away from your home, close off termite access points, and maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and wood portions of your home.
Schedule Regular Termite Inspections
Even if you have reduced your termite risk, you should still schedule annual termite inspections. A termite exterminator will tour your home, looking for signs of termites and termite damage. Subterranean termites may only be spotted when an exterminator performs a termite inspection in the soil underneath your home. A pest control expert will also look for signs of wood damage, discarded termite wings, mud tubes, termite mounds, termite droppings, termite mounds, and termite swarmers. If your exterminator notices any signs of a termite infestation, you will need to develop a comprehensive pest management plan.
Seek Termite Control at the First Sign of an Infestation
If you or your pest control expert spot signs of a termite infestation, you must schedule extermination and termite control services immediately. If you seek termite control services early enough, you can limit the wood and structural damage that termites will cause to your home. You can also put termite control practices into place that will prevent future termite infestations.