Termites are little pests that are found in many areas of Malaysia. They can cause damage to your home and eat away at things like wood, insulation, and paper products. Termites spread when they find food sources from other infested homes or structures nearby.
They will also use their wings to fly if they have a chance. In order to prevent termites from spreading, there are some simple steps that you should take:
Inspect Furniture You Buy
Of course, it can be really exciting to find a good deal on furniture. These items don’t always come cheap, so if we happen to find one that’s in good condition being displayed on garage sales or on online marketplaces, we’re always fast to act on it.
However, one mistake you must never make is to bring that furniture home without checking it first. Termites are not picky eaters, so they will settle for just about anything – even wood and other substances used to make the piece of furniture you bought.
Considering that termites don’t only stay on the ground but also infest on furniture, you’re better off bringing someone who knows how to detect termites or hiring a professional termite control specialist that does this kind of work. You might even want to ask the previous owners if they have experienced any problems with these insects before you buy it from them.
Seal Up Cracks in Your Foundation
Another thing you can do to prevent termites from spreading is to seal up cracks in your foundation.
These gaps tend to be their favorite spots because they’re dark and moist – the perfect kind of environment for them to thrive on. As time passes by, if you don’t do something about it, more places will become infested with termites, so better take care of it now before it’s too late.
You can seal up cracks by using a caulking gun to apply the sealant. Just make sure that you apply on both sides of the crack so that it will be properly covered.
Use Repellents Against Termites
Surprising as it may seem, there are actually termite repellents available in the market that you can use to keep these insects away.
Termite repellents such as Termidor are commonly used to rid the area of termites. This pesticide should be applied by someone who knows exactly where these insects are so they can be eliminated effectively.
Remember, Termidor needs precaution to use, so it’s best to let a professional handle this.
Maintain Your Garden
If you’ve got wood scraps and logs just lying around your property, then chances are you can attract more termites. Termites will consume anything that’s made out of cellulose because it’s the only thing they can digest.
Maintaining your garden by keeping it free from dead wood is a good way to control termites because this will keep them away and won’t let their numbers grow quickly as time passes by.
Also, if you’ve got shrubs and flowers around your garden, then better keep them trimmed. These plants tend to attract termites because they also consist of cellulose material that these insects need for food and nutrients.
Remove Standing Water in Your Property
Termites are insects that cannot survive without water. They cannot live in a place that is too dry or one with no access to water.
That’s why you need to make sure there is no standing water anywhere on your property because termites can use it as their breeding grounds and might even spread quickly if not controlled immediately.
So, take note of things like potted plants that don’t have drainage holes at the bottom and clean them out once they start collecting water. Also, be sure to repair any broken gutters so that rainwater will flow properly instead of pooling around certain areas such as flower beds near homes where these insects could easily invade without notice.
Also, check anything that has been flooded after heavy rains – this includes basements or crawl spaces inside your house, which may end up infested with termites.
Fix Leaks to Avoid Moisture
As mentioned, termites love damp and moist places. That’s why you need to make sure that there are no leaks in your property because they could provide easy access for termites inside homes which will quickly cause further damage if not fixed immediately.
If you can’t seem to find the source of a leak, then it might be best to call an expert who specializes in this kind of work, such as a plumber or contractor.
Fixing cracks and sealing up gaps may take time, but doing all of these things mentioned above will keep termite infestations at bay and avoid future problems from happening altogether.
Termites are a serious problem that can have devastating effects on your home. If you want to avoid the hassle of termite treatment, follow the prevention tips we’ve listed above and schedule an inspection with a professional. This blog post has provided you with some prevention strategies for keeping termites at bay in your own homes, so read it over today!
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