Home ownership can often turn into a battle between humans that try to preserve their investment and wood-destroying insects that can inflict enormous financial damage to a structure in a very short time frame. While there are many professional pest control companies available that provide outstanding service to protect property from wood-destroying insects they do not usually come cheap – a single round of treatments can easily cost upwards of $1,000. It is largely because of this that many homeowners have taken to applying self-help measures to protect their homes from wood-destroying insects, and in most instances prevention is the key to success.
To protect your property from wood-destroying insects a wise homeowner must first make an objective assessment of the area inside of and surrounding their home. The two most common reasons for infestation of wood-destroying insects are the presence of moisture and a location at which pests can gain entry to a structure. If a homeowner can reduce or limit these risks the chances of wood-destroying insects making a negative impact will be minimal.
Most all of the available measures to protect your home from wood-destroying insects affect making changes to the exterior of buildings. Removing standing water from your property is the first step, and this includes using a bit of landscaping to level areas where puddles form after a rain shower. Make certain that lawn sprinkler systems and garden hoses are used near the home sparingly if at all. In addition, gutters and drains should be inspected to ensure they are operational at all times.
To protect your property from wood-destroying insects requires that all points of entry for pests be sealed or eliminated. Carpenter ants, termites, beetles and carpenter bees all burrow into a home’s wood, so the basic idea is to keep wood protected by keeping a barrier between the wood and the pests. A durable coat of exterior paint applied to all exterior wood components of a home has a moderate positive impact in deterring pests, as does keeping the area surrounding the base of the home clear of garden mulch and small tree limbs and twigs that may fall.
Even after applying all of the self-help measures available, it is an excellent idea to have your home inspected annually by a professional exterminator. The reason for this being that an exterminator is probably far more likely to detect wood-destroying insects early, and thereby recommend and initiate actions to eliminate the issue.