3 Ways To Deter Termites This Spring

As the weather warms up and various pests outside start moving, you may begin seeing swarming termites. While these swarms are not necessarily signs that you have termites, they are signs that you have one or more colonies around your home. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to deter these pests from making your house their next meal. Consider doing some of these. 

1. Schedule A Termite Inspection

One of the most important things you can do is contact a professional pest control company and schedule a termite inspection for your home. Not only will this pest inspection put your mind at ease if you are termite free, but it will also let you create a plan to remain that way. 

If your pest company finds signs of termite infestation in or around your home, they will help you create a termite control plan. Treatment is essential to get rid of these nasty bugs before they produce additional damage to your home.

While many DIY treatments are on the market, none of them will produce the results that a professional pest control company can. Professional treatments will give you more profound results, and many companies also offer you treatment guarantees or warranties. 

These treatment guarantees ensure that if your home does not remain termite-free, the company will provide additional services at a discount rate or for free. While warranties vary by company, the contract may also cover the cost of any future damages termites cause to your home. 

2. Keep Untreated Wood Mulch From The Base Of Your Home

Another popular spring chore of placing untreated mulch in and around your flower beds can put your home on the termite's hit list. Certain untreated wood-based mulch is a food source for termites.

Fortunately, you can still deter weeds in your beds without creating a termite buffet. Several products on the market are termite resistant. Some of these include:

  • Melaleuca Mulch
  • Cedar Mulch
  • Cypress Mulch

You can also purchase other inorganic mulches, such as those made from pea gravel or shredded rubber. These will also provide weed resistance and cool, wet soil conditions without being fodder for the termites.

3. Clean And Repair Your Gutters

Termites love moist conditions. So keeping the ground dry around your home is a great way to deter them. Cleaning and repairing your gutters will ensure rainwater flows away from your foundation. This routing will allow your foundation to remain clean and dry.

To get started, contact a termite control service in your area.