Every year, as spring turns to summer, colonies of termites begin taking flight in search of a food source and new places to build their homes.  If you’re one of the unfortunate few, your home may be their next target.  As we get closer to termite swarming season, it’s important to take action to make sure our homes are protected to help prevent termites from turning our homes into colonies.

Eliminate Termite Food Sources

Just about everyone knows that termites feed off the wooden structures in and around our homes.  What many people neglect are the sources of non-living wood that may be attracting termites.

  • Remove rotting stumps, logs or tree limbs around your property
  • Get rid of stacked firewood or rotting landscape timbers
  • Avoid using wood mulch in gardens or areas close to your foundation

Check for and Control High Moisture Areas

For a termite colony to survive they need a source of water.  The moisture in and around your home can help create an ideal environment for a termite colony, so eliminating any source of moisture is essential in preventing termites.

  • Divert water away from the home with gutters and downspouts
  • Eliminate leaking plumbing
  • Ensure that crawl spaces and attics have adequate ventilation

Trim & Remove Heavy Brush or Vegetation from Your Yard

Heavy vegetation growth near your home helps to create a moist environment and can act as a source of moisture for a termite colony.  Clear heavy brush and vegetation from around your home, cut back bushes and clean garden areas regularly.

Have Your Home Inspected by a Termite Service Company

While there are many simple steps that you can take to help prevent a termite infestation, the best method of prevention is to have your home professionally inspected and if needed, treated by a termite control company.  Professionals are trained to find the telltale signs of a termite infestation, and have the tools and treatments necessary to ensure that your home is protected.

To truly protect your home from termite infestation requires professional inspection and treatment.  If you think your home may have termites or want professional protection, contact Arrow Termite & Pest Control today.