It’s National Termite Awareness Week! What You Should Know

Mar 14, 2023

Are you gearing up for your annual spring cleaning? Maybe you have been eyeing that overstuffed closet or overgrown flower beds. For many Americans, the season doesn’t officially shift until the entire house is cleaned up and aired out. The same goes for their landscaping: trees and bushes are trimmed, and debris is raked up. One little invader enjoys the spring, too, by turning your home into its buffet. That’s why the National Pest Management Association sets aside one week each year to focus on educating homeowners about the costs and hazards of termite infestations. Alameda pest control professionals understand this and strive to provide the best termite treatments to protect your home from invasion.

How to Keep Termites from Devouring Your Home

Termite inspections and treatment can save homeowners nationwide billions of dollars each year. You can take steps to limit the chances that these homewreckers will invade your home:

1. Clear the areas around your foundation of any wood. Termites live and breathe cellulose. Their colonies eat wood twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. When you have mulch and other debris near the foundation, it is like turning on an “Eat at Joe’s” sign. They will find ways to sneak through the cracks in the blocks and mortar.

2. Move firewood away from structures. Like removing debris, you don’t want firewood stacked against your home and foundation. Remember to scrutinize it before you bring any of it into your home to use.

3. Dry up the moisture. These wood-chewing pests love moisture, too. They will gravitate toward wood that is damp and rotting. That leak underneath your kitchen sink is appetizing for a termite. Is your crawlspace damp? They will seek it out and wind up in your home if you don’t get it dry under there.

4. Divert water away from your property. Keep the gutters clear and ensure your downspouts are functioning correctly. This helps whisk rainwater away from your home’s foundation.

5. Look for signs. You can be on the lookout for a few signs in your home. For example, termites leave their droppings, called frass, in piles. It looks like sawdust. Swarmers, or mating pairs, will often leave their wings near windowsills. Mud tubes may be found near the foundation or along deck posts.

6. Have a professional conduct regular inspections. Trained and experienced pest control professionals will help you protect your investment through termite inspections. They will go over every nook and cranny, looking for the things you may miss. Then they can offer suitable termite treatment options to restore your house to become pest-free again.

Termite Treatments to Sleep Better at Night

Who would have thought that a tiny pest could wreak so much havoc? The team at Times Up Termite understands the scope of damage these bugs can inflict. Our trained technicians know what to look for and suggest the best options for your location. One such treatment is the eco-friendly, reduced-risk solution called Altriset. You may choose this if you have children, pets, or pregnant moms living there. We also recommend Trelona bait traps by BASF. Give us a call today to learn more.

Call 510-568-7200 to speak with our team of experienced, licensed professionals at Times Up Termite, Inc. You can also contact us online to request a free termite inspection and book a termite treatment in Alameda.

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