Termites are aggressive little insects that can turn the wooden boards in a house into sawdust in just a couple of months. In American alone, termites are responsible for causing over five billion dollars in damage in a single year. It’s clear that if you have a vested interest in keeping a home or building safe and secure, you should do everything you can to keep termites as far away as possible. However, if termites have already caused you trouble, what can you do to repair the damage? Here are the basics of home repair after a termite infestation.
Repairing Your House
First things first, before you can start repairing your house, you have to get rid of the termites that attacked your house to begin with. After that, you can assess the damage. You can either replace the chewed up wood or attach new boards to support the old ones. If the wood isn’t too broken, the second method is less expensive. You shouldn’t try to do this work yourself, however, since if you’re untrained in construction, you could cause further damage or hurt yourself with collapsing beams. Contact some local contractors for price estimates instead. Remember, as bad as the damage may look, termites rarely do enough harm to a house to make it completely irreparable, so don’t panic.
Preventing Future Infestations
After you’ve had the termite damage in your house repaired, it’s time to make sure it never happens again. You can prevent termites in a number of ways. First, make sure your wood piles are stacked over twenty feet from your house. Next, don’t allow any moisture to puddle up from A/C units and downspouts. Also, rake back mulch four inches away from your foundations and clip any tree branches that touch your house or hang over its roof. And most importantly, have your house inspected at least once a year for termites to make sure the problem doesn’t return. Nobody needs to deal with termites even once in their lives, nevermind multiple times.
Termites are insects that everybody wants to avoid, and if you’ve had a termite infestation in your house, it can feel debilitating. However, homes can be repaired and with a little effort, you can make sure that that is the last time termites take over your life. For more tips, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Excel Pest Management today.