Getting yourself your own home is a huge investment—and needless to say, you have shed a lot of sweat, tears and exerted much effort in securing a dwelling for you and your family. The worst thing that could ever happen to your home is the infestation of these termites. But it can definitely happen without having any knowledge at all.
To prevent the attacks of these termites, here are important steps to consider:
- Inspect for termite attack. It would be difficult to determine visually whether or not termites are starting to devour your dwelling, not unless the infestation has become so severe that it has caused sagging of some planes of your house. To check whether termites are starting to pig out on your home, grab a screw driver and a flashlight. Slowly tap the walls, floors and other areas checking for hollowness. You will easily identify a hollow area from a compact one. If you also see a hole anywhere in a wooden wall, insert your screwdriver into it. If it goes in effortlessly, it’s a positive sign of termite attack. Presence of mud tubes is another sign of termite infestation.
- Get the right termite control products. There are termite control teams that you can hire but you can also do it on your own. Make sure to make the right choice of pest control products, otherwise you may waste your time and give these termites ample time to devour your interiors. Some good options are products like Termidor SC, Phantom Termiticide, Cyper TC, or Premise 75 Termiticide. Such insecticides work as a barrier between your house and soil. And you can dig holes around your house(from outside) with the help of a drilling machine and then pour the insecticide in those holes. Refer to instructions included with insecticide regarding dilution with water etc. This method however should not be used if you have a well or other water resource near your house. Same insecticide can also be injected in wooden windows, furniture etc if it is already infested or even as preventive measure.
- Get rid of termite attracting materials. Woods are the favorite meal of termites. To prevent termite infestation, simple—get rid of wooden materials and debris from garden and around your house and store. If you need wood materials keep them organized and little above the land so that there is no direct contact with soil or even cemented floor. For wooden furniture, windows and doors, pain them with repellent insecticide solution at time of installation.
- Repair Faulty Pipelines. Termites need moisture to survive and if there are termites in your house, it is most likely that there are faulty or leaking pipes somewhere inside. It may be along the walls, on the floor, in the gutter, on the roof—make sure you check all possible places. The presence of wood and moisture in one is a hearty meal for the termites so this is definitely a thing to avoid.
- Seal everything and close the gaps. The absence of termites, woods and moisture is not enough to ensure your house immunity from termite attacks. Grab some top caliber sealants and close everything that needs to be closed, seal every hole that may possibly catch the attention of these critters and get some screen to prevent entrance of any insects to your home.
- Lastly, in case of serious and large scale presence of termites in your house, it may be recommended to go for bait methods for killing entire colony of termites in addition to use barrier insecticides like Termidor. This method is best done with the help of professionals as they are able to identify better areas to dig the baits in(if required) and around your house. This combination of method is highly successful in getting rid of termites for 4-5 years but usually costs more compared to the barrier insecticide method alone.