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Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 12/12/2016

There are several different types of termites but one thing they all have in common is that they eat wood. By the time you've discovered that termites have infested part of your home it's often too late. That's because the damage that termites cause isn't easily noticeable. Termites travel randomly through the soil in search of food and can cause devastating damage to the wood of a home once they find it. Whether you're worried that your home may be vulnerable to termites or if you're looking for a way to get rid of them, this article will teach you everything you need to know about the wood-eating pests known as "silent destroyers."

Preventing termite infestations

There are several good practices to maintain that will keep your home termite-free. Some require work, and others are just good habits to build. Keep these tips in mind to make your home a less desirable treat to termites.
  • Don't stack firewood or lumber on the ground for long periods of time. If you do have to stack wood on the ground, keep it far away from your home foundation so termites won't eat their way up the wood pile and into the wood of your home.
  • Keep your foundation dry. Termites love moist soil. They'll use it as a vehicle to get to the wooden parts of your home. To keep them away, make sure the areas around your foundation are well-drained and stay relatively dry.
  • Don't let wooden parts of your home touch the ground. Whether it's a porch, deck, lattice-work, or even wood panel siding, make sure all of these surfaces are on a foundation and not just on the ground. Not only will this deter the termites but it will also help maintain the structural integrity of these items by keeping them dry and rot-free.
  • Go easy on the mulch. Using excessive mulch is like giving termites a roadmap to your home. When you do use mulch, make sure it's in a well-drained area. It may seem counter-intuitive, but termites are attracted to mulch mainly due to it's ability to maintain moisture and heat, rather than as a food source.

You found termites. Now what?

If you've noticed that termites are eating the wood on or around your home you have several options for getting rid of them.  Your method will depend on the location and severity of the infestation. Do-it-yourself methods If the infestation isn't in a dangerous place (somewhere that affects the structural integrity of your home) or if it isn't too severe you could try:
  • Applying a barrier treatment which stops the termites from entering and poisoning them at the same time
  • Setting a bait station that will attract all of the termites so you can remove them
  • Drilling into the infested wood and pouring orange oil into the holes
Call the professionals
  • If the infestation is bad enough to cause worry the safest bet is to call a pest control company in your area so you can rest easy knowing your home is safe.




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Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 12/14/2015

There are different types of pest control measures, all of which target specific pests. What works in the home may not necessarily work outside. Knowing the type of pest you are up against will help determine what measures are needed.  The following information will provide a basic understanding of pest control. Eliminating Breeding Grounds The first step to pest control and the safest measure is to eliminate breeding grounds.  Remove trash, yard and garden debris, and other clutter where pests breed and nest. Be certain drainage systems are in working order to eliminate stagnant water. Keeping the area surrounding your house clean and free of pest habitat will help inhibit the growth of a variety of species. Biological Pest Control This is the control of pest in a biological manner, pests are effectively dealt with and controlled. Controlling mosquitoes for example with the use of bacteria  Bacillus thuringiensis ssp (Bti)  will kill off mosquito larvae with no effect on other species. This method has the least negative impact on the ecosystem. Pest Traps Pest traps are available in many styles and are safe and effective for many pests.  You can find anything from an insect trap that is safe to put in your pantry, to a catch and release rodent trap for your yard.  A bit of research will help you determine which trap is best for your pest control needs. Poisoned Bait If you are combating rodents, this is a very effective method that's being used in many households.  The poisoned bait is placed in areas experiencing the most pest presence.  As with all poisons, once consumed the pest will die.  However, this method comes with potential risks to pets and should not be used in households with small children.  A pest control specialist should always be consulted prior to using poisoned bait to ensure it is a safe option for your household. Space Fumigation This is one of the most costly means of pest control but very effective. It can be used even in open spaces. This involves the use of an air tight spray kit in which there is no vacuum. The fluid is pumped out as fumes through the nozzle, permeating the environment. The advantage of this is that the kit can be used for almost any type of liquid fumigant, the disadvantage is that it can have a negative effect on the ecosystem.  This type of pest control must be administered by a professional pest control specialist. An individual should never use pest control products without the guidance and supervision of a pest control specialist.  Read all labels carefully and adhere to all hazardous warnings associated with any pest control products you are considering using.







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