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Termite Prevention

Are you worried about getting termites? 

It is perfectly understandable if you are. Your home is probably your single largest investment and you will want to protect it from any type of damage, including termites.

While no one can guarantee that your home will never have a termite problem, Presto-X’s termite specialists can recommend simple steps to guard your property against a termite infestation.

Year Round Protection Plus Termites from Presto-X provides protection against termites. Presto-X offers the best protection from termites by carefully inspecting your property for any signs of termite activity.

Concerned about a potential termite problem? 

Contact your local PrestoX office for a termite inspection of your home!

Why is Termite Prevention Important?

Termite prevention is important for every homeowner, as termites could be eating away at the wood in your home without your knowledge. It can become very expensive to repair termite damage, especially the longer a termite problem is left untreated.

Termites can infest any home, even homes built primarily of brick or stone - because structural supports as well as other building components are made of wood and other cellulose-based materials, which this pest feeds off.

If you have correct termite prevention in place it means that if a termite problem does arise it can be dealt with early, with minimal treatment and maximum impact.

Tips on Termite Prevention

Termites need two things to survive – wood and moisture. If you can limit the quantity of stored wood (firewood, old tree stumps) and moisture (leaky pipes, improper ventilation) on your property, then you will be protecting yourself from the risk of a termite problem.

Did you know that a dripping outdoor faucet is an open invitation for termites? Even a small leak can create perfect conditions for termites.

  • Stack firewood away from any structures on your property – and keep it raised off the ground.
  • Don’t collect leaves and garden waste next to the house – woodchips and mulch are great food sources for termites.
  • Get rid of any old, rotting tree stumps in your backyard – Dry Wood termites love to infest dying trees.
  • Fix leaky outdoor faucets and gutters.
  • Keep gutters and downpipes clear – If termites find water they can leave a scent, which can attract other termites to the area. Damp Wood termites find gutters filled with leaves very attractive.
  • Keep crawl spaces and storage areas well ventilated – this will reduce moisture, which termites find very appealing. If possible, use plastic sheeting to cover soil in crawl spaces.
  • Seal any cracks and holes in your home’s foundation – they can provide easy access for termites.

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How Can I Tell If I Have Termites?

It is actually very difficult to detect termites in your home. A termite infestation can be hard to spot because termites live underground and eat away at wood from the inside. 

Termite swarmers (which may look like flying ants) tend to emerge in spring inside your home and discard their wings- this could be the first sign of a termite infestation.

For peace of mind, call Presto-X for a termite inspection today! 

We will be able to tell you straight away if you have a termite problem.

If you are concerned, there are some common places that termites find very attractive, which you could check for termite activity.

Vulnerable areas on your property include:

  • Fence posts, trellises or landscaping borders
  • Firewood stacked against the house
  • Mulch in gardens that touch the house foundation
  • Structural supports and debris from construction (buried in the soil)
  • Leaky outdoor faucets
  • Gutters and downspouts – these allow water to collect near the foundation
  • Ground graded toward the foundation, rather than away from your home
  • Basements and crawl spaces with insufficient ventilation

Look out for typical signs of termites, such as:

  • Hollow sound in wood - even though termites can eat through wood in your home, from the outside wooden structures can still seem visibly sound. If you tap on the wood and hear a hollow sound it could indicate the presence of termites inside.
  • Discarded wings – look for discarded wings of termite swarmers, which can emerge from their hidden locations inside your home attracted to the light from a window.
  • Mud tubes – these are normally indicators of the presence of Subterranean termites. You may notice muddy tubes that extend from the ground up to the infested wood. Check the foundations of your home.

Call us today at 1-800-759-1942 for a termite inspection of your home or for more advice on termite prevention.

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