January 25, 2019
We’ve all heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you’ve ever had first-hand experience with the saying, you know it’s true.
Brushing and flossing every day is a lot easier than neglecting your teeth and needing extensive dental work done later.
Putting a protective coat of sealant on your deck now will save you the trouble, time, and money of replacing rotted wood later.
The same is true when it comes to termites. Taking the time and effort to prevent them from entering your Houston home will save you time and money. It is far better, easier, and less costly than eliminating termites and repairing the damage they’ve done after they established themselves in your home. Considering that termites cost homeowners in the United States over $5 billion in damage every year, it is definitely best to prevent these pests from invading than to have to get rid of them later.
Termites cause so much damage because they often go unnoticed for extended periods of time. They can enter a home and eat away at its wooden structures for months and years before anyone knows of their presence. In that amount of time, their colony can grow in number to thousands, making their ability to do damage that much worse and that much faster.
How to Keep Termites Out of Your Houston Home
The best thing you can do when it comes to termites is to prevent them from ever entering your home. The following tips will help you do just that:
- Reduce moisture all around your home, both inside and out. Termites are attracted to moist environments and water-damaged wood. You can do this by creating proper drainage channels away from your home; being on the lookout for, and immediately repairing, any leaking faucets or pipes; using dehumidifiers in rooms with high humidity.
- Maintain an 18-inch gap between all wood structures and the soil.
- Replace all water-damaged or rotting wood in and around your house.
- Remove all yard debris and place wood piles a safe distance from your home.
- Conduct routine inspections of your foundation for mud tubes, which termites build in order to protect themselves while moving out of the ground.
- Install a preventative termite control system.
Of all the prevention suggestions, the last one is most important. While following all of the above tips will reduce the likelihood of a termite invasion they cannot guarantee termites will stay away. The fact of the matter is, when you live in a place like Houston, those measures simply are not enough.
Choosing Professional Service
By using a system like the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ you can rest assured that your house is completely protected from termites. Modern Pest Control installs this system, which uses bait stations placed around the outside of your home. When termites take the bait, they’ll bring it back to their colony, eliminating the entire group.
Make the smart choice to prevent a termite/termite-control infestation instead of using a ‘pound of cure’ after they’ve already gotten into and destroyed the structural wood of your home. Give Modern Pest Control a call and ask about Sentricon® with Always Active™.