If you want to avoid needing termite removal services, it is a good idea to focus first on termite prevention. Here are some ways you can keep termites from invading your home or business:
- Avoid high moisture or humidity conditions in or under your home.
- Repair plumbing leaks promptly.
- Make sure water from downspouts is directed away from your home.
- Frequently inspect your home, focusing on the foundation and areas around windows and doors.
- Make sure there is no untreated wood within 18 inches of soil anywhere around your home.
- Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
- Keep your roof and soffits in good repair and watertight.
- Have annual pest inspections conducted by a licensed professional.
Unfortunately, no matter what you do, there is a chance that you will have termites in your home or business at some point and need termite removal. You may notice termite droppings (they look a lot like sawdust, though their color can vary). Termite removal is more expensive than prevention and should be performed by a professional.
The termite removal process will begin with a thorough inspection to determine whether you have an infestation, what species of termites are living in your home, and how extensive their colony has become. This inspection will strive to identify how much of your home is involved in the infestation and create a plan of action for the termite removal process.