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termite-infestation-damageThere are few things more stressful to a homeowner than the thought of a terminate infestation. The damage that can be done won’t just hurt your house; it will hurt your pocketbook as well. To help you prevent an infestation, let’s take a look on how to stop termites from entering your home.



Learning how to stop termites starts with identifying the problem


Before you get started on any treatment, you’re obviously going to have to figure out if you have termites in the first place. If you have a basement, that’s the place to start. Look for any telltale signs of where the wood has been chewed. Also check for any hollow spots in the wood. If you don’t have a basement, check for soft spots around your door frames and and on the bottom of your home’s structure where it meets the foundation.


Follow the first rule of how to stop termites: Don’t panic


There is no way to downplay the importance of stopping a termite infestation as soon as you discover the little buggers. However, there is no need to go into full-on panic mode, at least not right away. Although termites can be extremely damaging to your home,  they also eat very slowly. According to some experts, it will typically take the average termite colony up to five years to eat only a pound of wood. As for removing the pests, there are a number of do-it-yourself kits available at your local pest control or hardware store, but their effectiveness has been called into question.


How to stop termites with the help of a professional


While you can sometimes fix a termite problem yourself, it isn’t typically recommended, especially when you consider the consequences if you don’t clear all of them out. This is why a pest control company that is well-versed in how to stop termites should be enlisted to take care of the problem for you. Depending on the size of the termite infestation, you could be looking at anywhere from 10,000 up to a million of the little wood-eaters. The overall size of the average colony almost guarantees the need for the assistance of an expert.


A professional brings quite a bit to the table when it comes to handling a termite infestation. Many of them will understand how a building structure works better than the average homeowner, which means they’ll be able to ascertain the biggest problem areas more quickly. Once they have tested for termites and found a problem, these experts will work with you to decide the best course of action, and will provide you with a step-by-step explanation of exactly how they plan to remove them from your home.

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