Termites have been referred to as the silent destroyers. They enter your home unnoticed and cause major problems that you have to fix now or in the future when you decide to sell your home. For some homeowners, termites eat away from the inside out for decades and they never know it’s happening until the potential buyer has a home inspection performed on the property. Then the homeowner is expected to correct the problem before the new buyer will close on the property. It’s not just the new buyer, it’s also the buyer’s lender that’s going to take issue with the termites invading the home.
There are a couple of helpful websites that you can refer to if you have questions about termites. The first is www.termites101.org that explains the two major types of termites in the United States: the Subterranean and Drywood Termites. The second is the National Pest Management Association that gives homeowners information at www.pestworld.org . Please see below for helpful tips for protecting your home from termites:
- Use gutters to keep moisture out and divert water from the home’s foundation
- Don’t plant too close to the home
- Store mulch, firewood, wood chips, and pine straw away from the home
- Reduce humidity in crawl spaces by ventilating
- Seal up cracks to the outdoors (windows, roofs, attics)
- Remove old tree stumps and roots near the home
** The best thing you can do to protect your home from termites is to have regularly scheduled inspections with a termite specialist.