Spring is right around the corner and with the warm days comes termite swarming season. In this part of the country the most common termite species is the subterranean termite, by far the most destructive termite species. These termites build distinctive tunnels, or mud tubes, to reach food sources and to protect the colony. Subterranean termites use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24/7. Over a relatively short period of time, they can cause major destruction in a structure.
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies containing as many as 2 million members. They can also be found in moist secluded areas above ground. Water accumulation near the foundation of your home should be avoided at all costs. Prevent access for termites by diverting water away from your property with properly functioning gutters and downspouts. Ensure that the land around your home is graded away from the structure and keep vegetation cut back around the foundation wall to provide for proper airflow through foundation vents. Firewood and other wood debris should be stored at least 20 feet from the home and avoid wood contact with the soil.
Many homeowners mistakenly assume that if their property is built on a concrete slab (not a crawlspace) they are immune to the possibility of a termite infestation. This could not be further from the truth. Oftentimes a slab will crack or shrink away from the foundation wall. This allows termites to easily infest the wood above. In addition, concrete slabs usually have numerous other points of entry such as expansion joints, plumbing outlets, electrical outlets, etc. It is imperative that the area beneath the slab be treated with termiticide prior to the concrete being poured. Additionally, treatment must be performed around the perimeter of the slab area after the structure is completed.
Regular inspections must be performed to ensure a termite-free structure. Remember the very best method for the control of termites is prevention.
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