Termite Prevention Tips For Homeowners - Termite Awareness Week

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Termite Prevention Tips For Homeowners - Termite Awareness Week

 

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Termite Prevention Tips For Homeowners During National Termite Awareness Week

This week has been declared National Termite Awareness Week and the Clark Man is determined to deny termites a reason to celebrate and feed on the wood in and around your house.

This is not the easiest task however because termites are an aggressive, relentless pest that feeds around-the-clock but often goes undetected since they enter through the soil or attic of a home.  These “silent” intruders can cause significant structural damage to your home in just a few short years if left to their own destructive ways.

In California there are three termite species that can threaten your biggest investment. These destructive pests are:

  • Subterranean Termites – Can be found in many areas of the state where moist soil is present; it is the most destructive termite species.
  • Drywood Termites – Are very prevalent in coastal regions and in the Central Valley.
  • Dampwood Termites – Found in the central and northern coastal regions.

If you have or suspect that one of these termite species listed here has targeted your home for their next dinner buffet, the Clark Man recommends you contact a pest management professional for a thorough inspection and review of treatment options.

Playing the do-it-yourself card with termites can end up backfiring and lead to unwanted headaches, hassles and cost a significant amount of money to correct.

In the spirit of Termite Awareness Week, there are steps homeowners can take to prevent termites from taking aim at their home and as the saying goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound or two of cure.

The Clark Man’s termite prevention tips for homeowners include:

  • Maintain a minimum 12-inch vertical clearance between the soil surface and substructure wood in the crawl space.
  • Identify and correct conditions that attract termites such as stucco siding that comes into contact with the ground.
  • Use synthetic wood and non-cellulose building materials for fences, decks or other structures that come into contact with soil.
  • Remove wood piles, untreated fence posts, tree stumps and buried scrap wood near structures.
  • Keep wood piles off the ground to prevent wood to soil contact.
  • Keep attic and foundation areas well ventilated and dry – excess moisture attracts termites.
  • Use tight mesh screens over attic vents to discourage drywood termites.
  • Repair foundation cracks and seal openings on exterior walls and soffits to deny termites easy access.
  • Keep the exterior of your home well-maintained and sealed with paint, caulking or stains. Bare wood is attractive to termites.
  • Don’t overwater your lawn or direct sprinklers onto stucco or wood siding.
  • Keep your gutters and downspouts clear of wet leaves so moisture does not build up.
  • Keep trees and landscape shrubs trimmed and not touching the house.
  • Regularly inspect porches and exterior structural or foundation wood for signs of termites. If you see or suspect something, call the Clark Man.

Remember, if you have question on how to make your home unattractive to termites or if think your home may have termites, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

 

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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Comments

Excellent advice. I was actually having an issue in my home that originally believed was termites, and them Power Post Beetles. It turned out to be Carpet Beetles.  
 
I think it is good idea for anyone planning to fumigate their home, to consider planning it around a family vacation or trip out of town. Since the residence will need to vacate the home for several days. It can be a good time to limit the inconvenience.
Posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:09 PM by Jim DiGiovanni
@Jim DiGiovanni, I totally agree with your point of view and concern towards the family safety. But the most important thing is proper termite inspection should be carried out and then only we can think about the family safety. Termites can be dangerous for your home and wooden structures as they make it week from inside.
Posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 8:06 AM by jackwilliam
I really appreciate the tips given here. I know it's a lot and it's easier said than done but I hope the effort put into guarding the home will eventually pay-off. I'd like to share an article I read the other day about kinds of termite control. You can read it here: http://www.topbest.ph/blog/different-kinds-termite-control/
Posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 3:54 AM by Eugene Salonga
Great prevention tips. We always advise clients to reduce excessive moisture conditions, especially in subareas not on a concrete slab. Removal of cellulose debris is important as well. Wood damaged by dry rot and fungus actually sends out a pheromone that attracts termites so it is important to correct those conducive conditions as well.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:41 PM by Alison
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