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The Pest Control Industry Changed Termite Control and You Can Too

NASHVILLE, TN, February 24th, 2015- Although termites are most active in the warmer season, your home is providing all of the necessities for them to survive such as warmth, food, and moisture during the cold. Thankfully, the home building and pest control industries have evolved significantly

over the past decade to protect your home from termites. Pressure treated wood with copper bindings changed the home building standards with ACQ and MicroPro treated wood to protect your home’s frame from significant damage. Some home builders may install a physical barrier underground during construction that causes subterranean termites to go around the obstruction to get to your home. This makes it harder for them to penetrate your foundation and easier for a pest control professional to monitor their activity or inactivity.

There has also been a revolution in how pest control companies kill and prevent termites. Since Termidor was introduced in 2000, homes can be at their peak defense from these wood-munching insects. It seems clear cut that Termidor is one of the most technologically advanced termiticides, but must be used by a certified Termidor professional such as U.S. Pest Protection for proper application. Pest control companies have also been able to protect your home from moisture, therefore, eliminating conducive conditions associated with termite activity. Depending on a home’s situation, experts will do this by installing a moisture barrier, providing encapsulation services, treating wood, and installing a ventilation system.

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Now that professionals have become more technological advanced in killing and preventing termites, here are ways for you to apply these lessons in protecting your home:

  • Don’t affix wooden trellises to exterior walls.
  • Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away from the foundation of your home.
  • Keep vents free from blockage, including plants.
  • Remove infested trees and stumps from your property.
  • Fix leaky roofs and gutters.
  • Don’t allow leaves to accumulate in gutters and drains.
  • Grade soil so that water (including air-conditioning condensation, downspouts, and gutters) runs away from foundations.
  • Remove all wood to soil contact.
  • Cover at least 90% of the soil in crawl spaces with plastic sheeting.
  • Ideally, wood siding, stucco and foam board should be at least six inches above the ground.
  • Reduce openings that offer termites access to the structure (filling cracks in cement foundations, as well as, around where utilities pass through the wall with cement, grout, or caulk).

To prevent your home from infestation, try to guard against termites from the beginning in the construction process. Do not neglect to call a reputable pest control company, such as U.S. Pest, and subscribe for regular inspections throughout the year. Lastly, download this Homeowner’s Termite Protection Checklist to use and look back on frequently.

For any questions regarding termites call U.S. Pest Protection at (615)590-1260 or go to[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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