Protect Your House from Termites

We all know termites can damage a home and we take every measure to protect our respective houses from their insatiable hunger; it’s the termites extermination agencies that are called upon when homegrown remedies fall short and they add the financial damage on top of the loss of valuables. Quite a nightmare! But let’s focus on a few astonishing facts about termites for the time being:

  • Damages inflicted by termites all over the country totals to billions of dollars annually.
  • No termites can be found in the state of Alaska.
  • It’s the subterranean termites that are considered the most destructive species – in the sense – they are hard to detect.
  • Insurances cannot be claimed for termite damages.

That brings to homeowners two options – either you overcrowd the state of Alaska or take the necessary precautionary measures against termites. Those who are thinking about spraying pesticides and closing the chapter, for them, the words of Dr. Nan-Yao Su, (Entomology Department, University of Florida) may hold special value. According to her, while termites extermination can be achieved through certain measures for a temporary relief, the best way to prevent them from invading a home is by taking adequate protection while a home is getting built.

That way, it’s the treated wood that comes first to the mind unless you embark upon using wood that resists termites naturally (Burma Teak, for example). Treating the wood chemically with compounds like CCA (Chromate Copper Arsenate) is effective, but they impose a health risk to humans as well. Therefore, with the world turning towards more eco-friendly solutions of recent, demands for simple but natural methods are been sought.

One such way is to keep wood away from the ground. This can be achieved by keeping everything comprising wood at least at a six-inch height from the ground. Firewood if kept against the walls of a house attracts termite and so does profuse use of mulch as much as moisture accumulation in and around the foundation. Thus, a wise option for termite extermination is to avoid all that’s aforementioned; for preventing moisture accumulation, there should be kept some means to direct the stagnant water away from a house’s foundation as well as getting rid of water pipes that leak and fixing up leaky air-conditioning units. Lastly, splash blocks as well as downspouts must be maintained regularly with the ground surrounding the foundation shaped into a slope to drain the accumulated water away.

With all these measures taken and with adequate ventilation in crawlspaces (i.e. the low space beneath a floor of a building that gives workers access to wiring or plumbing), there is no reason why you should fail in the process of termite extermination.