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3 Ways to Keep Your Home Protected From Termites

Every year, termites are responsible for causing $5 billion in damage to homes and businesses across the U.S. On average, a homeowner will spend $3,000 on repairs per termite infestation. A majority of homeowners insurance policies do not cover termite damage, making it important for people to take steps to protect their homes. Here are three ways that you can keep your home protected from termites.

Remove Wood and Lawn Debris Away From Your Home's Exterior

Termites feed on wood and plant material, so it makes sense to keep both away from your home. Move wood piles away from your home, and promptly clean up lawn clippings, twigs and leaves. If you have stumps in your yard, you should have them completely removed. Mulch should be a minimum of several inches below the wooden portions of your home.

Seal areas where termites can enter.

When you perform your regular maintenance on your home, you should look for any areas that might serve as entry points for termites and seal them. You should check around your doorframes, planters, deck posts and deck, which may all serve as ways for termites to get into your home. Seal up cracks in your home's foundation or brick because termites may use them to get inside of your home.

Reduce Moisture

In addition to a food source, termites also need water. Try to limit your home's exposure to moisture by making certain that your gutters and downspouts are in good condition and that they divert water away from the foundation of your home. Don't use excessive amounts of mulch because it can lead to a buildup of excess moisture. Inside of your home, repair any faucet or pipe that is leaking and seal around any utility lines or pipes.

In addition to these three steps to protect your home from termites, you might also want to consider termite prevention from the experienced technicians at Accel Pest and Termite Control. A preventative program can keep termites from invading your home and your property so that you can avoid problems from the start. The expenses involved with termite prevention are far less than the costs associated with termite removal and damage repair. By keeping wood and moisture away from your home, sealing all entry points and getting termite prevention, you can protect your home from termites and preserve its value for decades to come.

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What Attracts Rodents to a Home?

Prolific breeders, rodents need a habitat that supports the needs of their offspring. These animals seek secluded locations that shelter them from the harsh weather and their predators. The ideal location typically has a reliable of source of food and water. Rodents are opportunistic animals that will infest your home if the conditions are right.

Is Food and Water Available?

Food scraps, crumbs and trash left out uncovered overnight emit odors that attract various pests, including rats, mice and other rodents. Ensure food products are in sealed containers, inside cupboards or the pantry area. Clean up spills as soon as they occur. Avoid leaving pet food in open bowls for extended periods because it may also attract rodents. Repair any leaky pipes to restrict access to water. You should empty or remove containers located outdoors and fill in low-lying areas that collect water near your home. A small amount of moisture can sustain rodents for substantial periods.

Are There Warm Places to Hide?

Clutter and unnecessary items piled near the house provide good hiding places. Holes in floors, walls and along rooflines allow the animals to gain access to attics, crawl spaces and garages. Rodents are instinctive climbers and can squeeze through extremely tight spots. They can run along tree limbs, power lines and other architectural features to reach your home. Once they establish a nest, rodents begin producing litters year-round. In addition to removing sources of food and water, you can make your home less susceptible to rodent infestations by sealing potential routes that the animals typically use.

Signs of an Infestation

Inspect your home every few months for signs that rodents may be trying to chew through wood or metal eaves, soffits or vents. Check for holes where pipes and wires pass through the wall or foundation. Look for gnaw marks on electrical cables. Check to see whether there are scratches or nibbles on food packaging. Inspect warm areas like closets and laundry areas for signs of rodents. Look for tracks in carpeting, grease stains on molding or furniture legs and footprints in disturbed dust. You may also notice their waste material or hear the sounds of these pests running inside the walls or ceiling.

If You Think You Have an Rodent Infestation, Act Quickly

Most do-it-yourself baits and traps are ineffective. If you have a rodent infestation, you can rely on Accel Pest and Termite Control to handle the issue. Our team is familiar with the locations rodents are likely to nest. The technicians also have the expertise and resources necessary to eradicate the rodents. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote and information about your pest problem.

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