March 11-17 is Termite Awareness Week

Posted on: March 10, 2018 by in Uncategorized
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March 11-17 is Termite Awareness Week. We will be posting each day something new regarding your home and termites. In the U.S., according to the National Pest Management Association, termite infestations cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. every year — costs that are not typically covered by home insurance policies.

Here are NPMA’s top 10 termite prevention tips:

1. Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home, which termites need to thrive
2. Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units
3. Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles
4. Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
5. Divert water away from the house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks
6. Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes or wood that sounds hollow when tapped
7. Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, doorframes and skirting boards for any noticeable changes
8. Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home
9. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house
10. Consider scheduling a professional inspection annually, and if buying a home, don’t bypass the wood destroying organism
inspection

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