August 20, 2020

Three Helpful Tips To Keep Termites Away From Your Conroe Property

Have you ever heard the phrase, they are going to eat me out of house and home? This fun little saying is most commonly used to describe growing teenagers with bottomless pits for stomachs. Here at Bill Clark Pest Control, we think this phrase better describes termites. Why? Because termites literally eat homes. If you are looking for a way to keep your Conroe home safe from termites, here are three helpful tips you can use.

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What Are Termites?

In nature, termites are extremely beneficial creatures that help break down dead trees, stumps, and other organic cellulose-based matter. They do this by building large colonies consisting of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Working together, a full-size termite colony can destroy one foot of a 2×4 every 6 months. Certain species of termite can do this much faster. Annually, termites cost Americans over 5 billion dollars. This figure includes the cost of pest control and the cost of damage repaired. Trust us when we tell you, it is much cheaper to pay for protection than to pay for your home to be fixed after termites have done their work.

How To Reduce Termite Attractants

The first helpful tip we have for you is to reduce attractants that invite termites into your home. For one, make sure your home’s wood hasn’t been and isn’t being negatively affected by water damage, rot, or decay. These conditions can quickly invite in many different pests. One thing you can do to address moisture problems is to fix leaky pipes, repair broken gutters, and use a dehumidifier in humid rooms in your home. Along with this, make sure to repair or replace any wood around your home that has been negatively affected by water damage, rot, or decay.

Another great thing you can do to discourage termites is to remove wood-based items from your yard. This includes mulch, woodpiles, cardboard, leaves, dead trees, stumps, and newspapers. Removing these tasty termite treats will help keep them further from your home, reducing your chances of an infestation.

Sealing Termites Out Of Your Home

The second thing you can do to prevent termites is to properly seal your home. Although termites can chew through wood, they most often use gaps or cracks within foundations to gain access to wood higher up in the home. By sealing off these entry points using a caulking gun or liquid cement, you can make it more difficult for termites to invade. If the wood of your home is directly touching exterior soil, consider having a non-wood barrier created between to block termites from having easy access to your home.

The Best Tip To Keep Termites Away

At the end of the day, no amount of DIY termite prevention will ever beat the effectiveness of professional pest control services. If you want the absolute best termite control service for your home and outbuildings, Bill Clark Pest Control is here to help. To combat termites we use Termidor®, which we believe is the most effective solution on the market. If you are unsure whether we are right for the job, keep this in mind: Our team has been effectively keeping pests out of homes since 1957. In this time we have mastered the art of pest control and refined our methods to be as quick and reliable as possible. All it takes is a few scheduled visits a year and your home can be pest-free.

Reach out to our team today with questions about our termite control, or to schedule a quality inspection for your Conroe property.


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