“Mitey” Termite Mindfulness – from Tri-County Pest Control

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Termites. Every homeowner’s worst fear. According to the National Pest Management Association, these pesky critters cause over $5 billion in property damage annually. With summer winding down to an end, the last thing you want to have your mind on during football season is the structural integrity of your home or business. But don’t worry, for our team here at Tri-County Pest Control has come up with a few tips for locating these darned critters…and keeping future wood-munchers out of your home.

Termites need three essential things to survive—soil, water, and wood. With that said, there is plenty you can do to prevent termites from breaking in:

  • Make sure to keep any loose wood (firewood, wood debris, etc.) away from your home.
  • Fix any leaks you may have around and in your home.
  • Fill in any gaps in the siding and make sure to use screens on your windows and doors.
  • Cut down any dead trees and/or stumps around your property. These are like candy to termites.

However, the most comprehensive deterrence method is to do routine inspections every few months. Termites are social creatures—they clump together in “termite tubes” in order to help each other survive. When doing routine inspections of your home, make sure to look around your foundation for mud-tubes with tiny, white insects in them.

This indicates the presence of a termite colony. Also, make sure to test the integrity of your foundation (preferably with a flat-head screwdriver) for weak points. If you see a hollow spot, sorry friend—you have termites.

No need to panic though, because at Tri-County Pest Control, we are experts at termite removal, and we would be more than happy to give you the peace of mind of a termite-free home. Just give us a call, and we’ll handle the rest.

But remember, a good defense is your best offense when it comes to the “mitey” termite.

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