Homeowners across the United States deal with pests of varying sizes on a regular basis; including everything from angry wasps buzzing outside your doorway to skittish squirrels nesting in your attic. However, there is nothing more frustrating and worrying for a homeowner than a termite infestation.
How Much Harm Can Termites Do?
Despite their small size, a termite infestation is an absolute nightmare. Colonies of termites can enter a household and begin eating away at the wood inside it without anyone noticing. It only becomes a clear danger when the damage is done. It is reported that termite infestations cause $5 billion in damages and repairs every year.
Preventing an Infestation
While there is unfortunately very little a homeowner can do after an infestation has begun, we can rest assured that termites are still sleeping and that there is still time to secure your house against any future infestations. The first thing you can do is to make sure your home is dry with very little lingering moisture. Moisture not only makes your wood more porous, but it also attracts and nurtures young termites. Second, secure and check all wood piles or wood sections of your home. Wood piles left out in the elements are an excellent feeding ground for termites and any trip out for firewood can bring termites back in with you. It is recommended to keep wood piles at least 20 feet away from your house to prevent them from making the trip over on their own.
Parker Pest Control is pleased to introduce our newest service in the form of the Sentricon Termite Baiting System. By placing cylinders filled with powerful scents and pheromones into the soil around your home, any nearby termites will become instantly attracted to the cylinders and will be locked away from you and your family. The best part is that Sentricon cylinders are designed to blend in with the environment around them, efficiently dealing with potential colonies without alerting your friends and neighbours. They also rarely need to be checked or maintained to give you total peace of mind in your home.
If you’re worried about the potential for a termite infestation, give our experts a call at 1-800-324-2847 or check us out online.