How to Reduce the Risk of a Termite Infestation in Your Georgia Home

Termite damage can be expensive to repair, but there are some things that you can do to reduce your risk of termite infestations from happening in and around your home. Some simple actions on your part can prevent damage in the future.

Reduce Moisture

When moisture accumulates next to your house, termites and other pests can thrive. Taking steps to get rid of moisture near your foundation can help prevent infestations. Make sure that your gutters and drainage systems are in good working order or install a drainage system if you don’t have one. Repair leaks in faucets, pipes, and HVAC units. Direct your sprinklers and irrigation systems so that they don’t allow puddles to form near your home.

Minimize Plants Near the Home

In addition to reducing moisture around your home, making sure that your crawlspace or basement is dry will also prevent termites from making themselves at home. Ensure that your crawlspace is properly vented, or purchase a dehumidifier to lower the moisture in your basement or crawlspace.

Moving plants just a few feet away from your house can help prevent termite troubles as well, since they will reduce the overall moisture level in the immediate vicinity. You should also consider cutting any vines or ivy that grow up against your house, and you may also want to trim, cut down, or relocate shrubbery and other dense plantings that are next to your home.

Decrease Use of Wood Products

When wood products make contact with the soil, they become a breeding ground for termites. Pressure treated wood isn’t immune from the lure of termites either. Your window and door frames and all of your wood siding should be six inches above the ground ideally. The worst case scenario with wood that is close to the ground is that you may need to regrade around your house, but generally this is only necessary if you’ve had recurring or serious problems with termites.  

If the problem is less severe or if you’re purely aiming to be preventative, you can trim wooden lattice work to keep wood away from the ground or pour concrete underneath wooden stairs, frames, or siding.

Other wood products can become a lure for termite infestations, so you’re better off moving items like these away from your home. If you have a woodpile against your house, move it away from your home and place a tarp beneath it. You should also relocate any lumber that you have sitting near your house. Get rid of piles of cardboard and newspapers or move them a distance from your home. Even wooden furniture or outdoor décor can encourage termite infestations, so minimize the presence of these types of products outside your home as well.

Minimize or Avoid Mulch

Although many homeowners love mulch because it’s an easy way to beautify your yard, it can attract termites because of how it holds moisture. You can be wise about using smaller amounts and ensuring you’re using it properly, but before you opt for mulch, it’s important to know that termites love it. While there are many options for different types of mulch, unfortunately, it doesn’t really matter what type of mulch you use, because termites love its moisture-retaining properties. If you are set on using mulch, move it away from your foundation, and use no more than an inch or two of it. You should also consider alternatives to mulch like pea gravel, crushed stone, or pine straw.

Call in the Termite Professionals

The best way to prevent termite infestations is to trust your home to the professionals. When you give the friendly and knowledgeable folks at Pest Force a call, we will put our years of expertise to work for you. We’ll inspect your home for damage and signs of a termite infestation, and we’ll install and monitor bait stations that kill termites, if necessary. Our solutions are as good for the planet as they are for your home, so you can count on us for effective and eco-friendly solutions.

Trust Pest Force to care for your home and to treat and prevent termite infestations in your Georgia home. Whether you live in Monroe, Loganville, Winder, Athens, or somewhere else in northwest Georgia, Pest Force is trusted by locals and takes pride in serving our neighbors and communities.  We aim to make you forget bugs even exist, so you can focus on what really matters! Call us today at 678-243-0731.

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