How to Prevent Termites Around the Home

Man scraping wood Termites are a homeowner's worst nightmare. As they burrow through the home, they create structural issues and decrease the home's value. Getting the best termite control in St. Augustine, FL  is one way to protect your home from an infestation. If you're building a new home, you can have it pre-treated against termites. Here are a couple of other suggestions to keep your home termite free.

Keep It Clean

Eliminate anything that is cellulose base around your home. Wood piles, cardboard, and paper are all great for termites. Landscape trimmings can be composted or sent to a recycling center. Don't let it sit around; get rid of it immediately or you could find termites making a new home.

Keep It off the Ground

If you have any wood lattices or wood accents on your home, make sure that they don't come in contact with the ground. Wood siding and door jambs can also be problematic. If it's closer than six inches to the ground, you might as well hang out a welcome sign. You may need to use concrete to protect your wood. Cutting your wood lattice will keep it off the ground.

Fill in the Cracks

If you think you have termites, find where the cracks are and fill them in. Then surround the area with termiticide. Be sure to read the safety precautions. Termiticide is a poison that will kill the termites before they can make new tunnels; its also used in pre-treatment and in trenches that surround the home in an attempt to keep termites away.

Call a Professional

Having a yearly St. Augustine termite inspection will help you identify infestations before they become a major problem. Professional exterminators can tell the difference between termites, ants, and other bugs and they know where to look for them. Schedule an appointment with Champion Termite & Pest Control today.