The Importance Of Termite Protection In White Plains
October 14, 2020 - Termites
Experts say that buying property is one of the best investments a person can make. Regardless of what type of property you buy – a house, an office building, a restaurant, or an apartment complex – your investment should pay off in the long run. That is, of course, assuming you take good care of it. One way to take care of your property is by investing in termite protection. If you aren’t 100% convinced that this is what you need, here are a few things to consider.
Termites Are Destructive
Termites are the number one wood-destroying pests here in America and cost property owners over five billion dollars annually. The most common species of termites in our area are eastern subterranean termites. Unfortunately for local home and business owners, these pests are among the most destructive in the world.
Termite Infestations Are Hard To Identify
Termites cannot destroy a property in a day; in fact, it takes over a year for these pests to deal any noticeable damage to a structure. The reason termites are so destructive all comes down to how hard they are to spot and identify. Unlike other pests that crawl under your feet or buzz around your head, termites do everything in their power to stay out of sight; this mostly involves tunneling underground and through wood that is concealed by drywall, paint, and wallpaper.
Most people discover termite infestations after thousands of dollars in damages have already occurred. If you would like to spot termites early, your best bet is to have a professional come out and take a look. They will have the advanced tools and training needed to thoroughly inspect your home or business and identify any termite problems.
Why Your Property Might Attract Termites
The good news with subterranean termites is that they only infest wood that is water-damaged, rotting, or in decay. The bad news is that many properties are negatively affected in these ways, especially buildings that have stood for over ten years. In addition to softened wood, termites are also drawn to properties by snacks like tree branches, wet cardboard, leaf piles, fallen trees, and dead stumps.
A Good Start To With Termite Prevention
Termites are more likely to invade properties that provide them with their needs. To reduce your chance of an infestation, try these simple prevention tips:
- Eliminate sources of standing water around your property.
- Trim back bushes and tree branches so that sunlight can shine on your property’s exterior foundation.
- Fix leaky pipes and fixtures in and around your property.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working condition.
- Repair or replace structural wood around your property that is water-damaged, rotting, or in decay.
- Re-treat wood that has lost its protective coating.
- Use a caulking gun or some liquid cement to fill in cracks, gaps, and holes in your property’s exterior foundation.
How To Ensure Your Property Stays Termite-Free
If you don’t want to take chances when it comes to termites invading your property, get the experts at Mike’s Pest and Termite Control involved. With over 20 years in the pest control industry and the advanced equipment and proven pest eliminating strategies to back our experience up, you will never have to worry that the job won’t get done right. Our team takes extra care with termite problems because we know how destructive and evasive these pests are.