Savannah is one of the most enjoyable towns on the east coast. The history, the nearby beaches, and the food all create one of the best destinations in the South. But Savannah residents and the tourists aren’t the only ones enjoying the local cuisine. Termites are making a meal out of many Savannah homes, and yours could be next if you’re not careful.
Signs of Infestation
Unfortunately, termites are a very common problem for homeowners' houses, yet one of the hardest to notice. The average American homeowner suffers $3,000 worth of termite damage when they have an infestation because they don’t notice it in time. In just six months to a year, termites can do that much damage and more. So how can you spot termite activity in your home before it’s too late?
Swarming: in the summer months following a rainstorm, winged termites (called swarmers) will fly around in buzzing, gray clouds. This is their mating process, so the infestation is about to grow. Remember, just because they’re mating in the summer doesn’t mean they aren’t doing damage in all of the other months.
Frass: This is a mixture of wood pellets and termite droppings that they’ll kick out of the tunnels their working on.
Soft clicking noises within the walls: as they work, termites will make an almost indiscernible noise. If you hear something suspect, don’t ignore it.
Tightening around windows and doors: struggling to close doors and windows? This may be a sign of internal damage caused by termites.
Termite Prevention Methods
Any and all of these signs require professional attention. Once you incur an infestation, there’s no use trying to get rid of them on your own. Here are six things you can do to reduce your chances of infestation:
1. Control moisture issues: Since termites thrive on soaked, rotted, and water-damaged wood, keeping your home dry is essential to preventing termites. You’ll need to check the pipes regularly for leaks and use dehumidifiers in the crawl spaces to limit condensation that can lead to rot. You should even check the outside of the home for leaking pipes coming out of the AC Unit(s).
2. Expel rainwater: when it rains, standing water right beside the home can seek into the foundation and cause water damage to the wood. Use an effective gutter and downspout system to control the flow of rainwater and runoff away from the side of your house.
3. Limit soil to wood contact: by creating a buffer in between soil and any wooden parts of the home’s foundation, you can deter termite migration into the house.
4. Policing roof shingles: as roof shingles get damaged, they may allow excess water to run in, which can lead to damaged wood and termites.
5. Weather stripping: as this becomes damaged around the foundation of the house, it can grant easy access for termites. Make sure to replace it regularly.
6. Store wood away from your home: this wood will attract them, so you don’t want to bring them in closer than necessary.
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into termite prevention. Just reading that list probably made you feel a little anxious (and probably a little bit at risk to a termite infestation). However, you don’t have to go it alone. When there are thousands of dollars on the line, do you really want to rely on noticing subtle signs or jumping through all sorts of hoops to control moisture? What if there were an easier way? The best termite prevention and control comes with professional assistance - Pestmaster® Services.