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.
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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