We are aware of how annoying termites can be. They can weaken pieces of furniture and cause allergies due to the amount of debris they produce.
Indeed, there’s no better way to handle an infestation than to call an exterminator. Then again, there are cases where you can manage the problem on your own.
In the spirit of Termite Awareness Week, let’s look at a few do-it-yourself tricks that can help get rid of those pesky termites once and for all!
Prevent moisture buildup
Termites love moisture. In fact, they are at their most active when the indoor environment is humid. That said, you might as well keep moisture from building up by sealing your walls and making sure there’s ample ventilation in areas such as the basement.
Isolate your vegetation
Your plants can serve as a bridge by invading termites. A good defense strategy is to cut off branches that brush against your roof. You also need to relocate plants away from your home.
Protect old fixtures with a repellent spray
Antique chairs and tables are an all-you-can-eat buffet in a termite’s book. That being the case, it’s crucial that you protect old furniture using a repellent spray. Even if there’s still no sign of a major infestation, it pays to keep wooden fixtures out of the dinner menu!
Heat or freeze affected wood
Don’t wait for a massive infestation. The slightest hint of a termite colony should be enough reason to take action. So, to prevent termites from spreading, you need to isolate affected furniture and expose them to direct sunlight. The heat should be enough to kill off the pests. Exposure to freezing temperatures is also an effective solution.
Use plastic storage
If you have gotten used to cardboard boxes for your storage needs, it’s probably a good time to drop it. Instead of using such boxes that invite hungry termites over for lunch, opt instead to replace these with plastic or steel cabinets. That way, you won’t have to worry about a potential invasion by termites.
While you’re at it, it’s also important to make sure your home is spic and span. Call Easy Breezy today!