Termites are one of the most destructive pests that homeowners have to deal with. At Genie Pest Control, we appreciate just how unnerving it can be to discover a termite colony on your property. And, while our team of termite removal experts can help you to remove termites from your Omaha home, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to termite infestations.
Once termites have gained access to your home and start feeding on the foundations, on your furniture and other timber fittings, it can be difficult to get rid of them. Due to their tiny size, termites can often go undetected, allowing them time to set up large colonies and cause untold damage to your home. If you suspect that you have termites in your Omaha home, be sure to get in touch with our pest experts right away before the problem gets worse. However, before you reach a point where professional help is necessary, here are three simple tips to help you keep termites out of your home.
Termites feed on timber, so keeping firewood, lumber and other timber stored away from your home is crucial. While keeping your firewood stacked against the side of your home might be convenient in the colder months, it also offers convenient access to your Omaha home for termites. To avoid making your home easier for these pests to enter, our termite removal technicians at Genie Pest Control recommend stacking woodpiles at least six feet away from the walls of your house and preferably raised off the ground by a few inches.
Moisture is necessary for termites to survive. If your drainage system is not operating efficiently, moisture will accumulate around your foundations, creating the perfect environment for termites to thrive. In order to avoid this situation from occurring, it’s important that you inspect your drainage from time to time to ensure everything is working correctly.
First, ensure that your downspouts are directing water from your roof away from your home. Check that your gutters are clear and remove any leaves or other debris that may cause water to accumulate. Finally, check your AC drip lines and outdoor taps to ensure there are no pools of water building up that might attract termites.
Mulch is commonly used by homeowners in garden beds to help the soil retain moisture during the summer months and to allow rain to penetrate the soil in winter. For gardening enthusiasts, mulch offers many practical benefits as well as adding a clean finish to your flowerbeds. However, this moist, damp material is also a magnet for termites. To prevent termites from accessing your home via the mulch in your garden, be sure to keep the mulch at a safe distance of at least four inches from the foundation of your Omaha home. Our Genie Pest Control termite removal experts also recommend that your pay close attention to timber siding, doorframes, or window frames to ensure they are not in contact with any mulch.
Termites can cause untold destruction to your home, destroying wooden fixtures, your belongings, furniture, and causing structural damage to your property. Making your Omaha home as unattractive to termites is the first step to keeping them out of your home.
If these tiny destructive pests get into your home, it is important that you contact our termite removal team at Genie Pest Control right away. Our team has the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to identify and remove termites from your home safely and efficiently. With our help, you can be sure that your home will be termite-free and your termite worries will be over for once and for all.