Termites will swarm in the spring. This means that you should take steps to protect your home in the spring. Many of these steps will help you to protect your home throughout the rest of the year. Termites can cause thousands of dollars in damage before you even realize that you have any issues with termites. Here are some steps you can take to protect your home.
Schedule an Inspection
One of the first things you can do is to regularly check for termites. An annual termite inspection can help you catch termite damage early. Termites swarm during the spring to set up new colonies, which make the spring an excellent time for your inspection. The exterminator can easily identify any areas that have been affected by termites or give your home a clean inspection report.
Watch for Signs
It is important to be aware of the signs of termites. You may have noticed mud tubes on the exterior of your home leading up the foundation to the wood portion of your home. You may notice wood damage in your home. Termite damage causes long grooves in the wood. You may see this in the floor joists or in your attic. If your floors become squeaky that is a sign of termite damage.
Address Issues Outside
If you are worried about termites, there are several yard projects that help to prevent termites. You can clear out any dead wood or tree stumps in your yard. Another project is to replace any old sheds or decks and build new ones out of treated wood. Be sure that you do not have any mulch that is touching your foundation.
Keep Termites Out
In addition to looking around your yard for weak spots, you should examine your home. Vents need to be covered with grates that are fine enough that they stop termites from coming in. Some termites will come in through your attic and not up from the ground. Dampwood termites prefer wood that has been damaged by water, and so it is important to repair any wood that has been damaged by a leaky faucet or pipes.
Set Up Monitoring
Another option is to set up monitoring stations around your yard. These monitoring stations hold material that termites eat naturally. Technicians can check the stations quarterly. Monitoring stations allow you to check for termite activity on your property before the termites reach your home. It is very effective for subterranean termites which are common in Virginia. If activity is found in the monitoring stations, you can begin treatment to stop them from reaching your home.