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A Few Tips for Termite Prevention

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Don’t Let Them Ruin Your Home

Termites are common here in South Carolina, and once they start feeding on a house, they can cause significant structural damage. Because termites usually feed in areas that are hidden from view, they are one of the most difficult infestations to detect. That’s why our Columbia termite control specialists have put together a list of things you can do to help you prevent them.

Limit Cellulose Access

Termites can easily feed on cellulose (paper, wood, plant material, etc.) that is in contact with soil and work their way into your home, so remember to:

  • Keep the levels of your landscaping mulch several inches below your home’s siding.
  • Remove any stumps, roots, or dead trees near your home’s foundation.
  • In the winter, cover your firewood and store it away from your home.
  • Never buy wood scraps in your yard – it makes it easier for termites to find your home.

Limit Moisture

Since termites like a moist environment, you can prevent them by keeping your home and its surrounding areas dry.

  • Keep bushes, trees, and other vegetation trimmed and away from your home’s foundation.
  • Make sure the attic, crawl space, and basement are kept dry and well-ventilated.

Limit Water Supplies

Termites need water to survive, so make sure you make it as scarce as possible to find near your home.

  • Use gutters that aren’t clogged to funnel rainwater away from your home. This prevents standing water sources.
  • Find and fix any water leaks you may have in your home.
  • If you use sprinklers, keep them away from your home’s foundation as often as possible.

Inspect Your Home

In addition to limiting the elements that termites need to survive, make sure you have your home inspected by a Columbia termite control professional. They’ll be able to tell you if you have a termite infestation and if so, will be able to get rid of them.

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