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Blogs from March, 2015

Termite Word Cloud

Spring is coming and with it comes the termite onslaught.  Just when the last chance of a freeze is gone and you think you can relax and enjoy the balmy weather, you have to worry about termite infestations.  The fact is, you should worry all year round because February through May is just the time of year that termites are more noticeable in Texas because that’s when they swarm.  Any expert in termite pest control in Frisco TX will tell you, they’re in your home and active all year round.

Not every home in Texas has termites but more than 70 percent of wooden structures have some degree of termite infestation so there’s a pretty good chance that if you don’t already have termites, your home is on the menu.  So, how can you keep termites at bay until you can get professional termite pest control in Frisco TX?  Here are some steps you can take:

Get rid of excess moisture.   This isn’t just a good for keeping termites away but it also helps with other pest infestations.  Termites, like other bugs, need moisture to thrive so it’s important to make sure there are no low spots that can hold standing water near the foundation of your home.  Make sure leaking faucets are fixed and that air conditioning drain hoses are diverted away from your foundation.  Clean gutters and downspouts so that they can properly move water away from your home.

Remove debris and wood from around your home.   Store firewood and any construction debris you might have at least 20 feet from your home.  Make sure that stumps and dead shrubs are removed if they are near your home.  Don’t spread excess amounts of mulch near your foundation or crawlspace.

Make sure your siding doesn’t contact the soil.   If you have wood siding on your home, make sure that you leave at least 12 inches between the soil and the siding.  If you have any wood near your home – like decks or wooden fences – that contacts the soil, check it regularly for signs of termite damage.

Seal entry points.   While it is almost impossible to keep any pest out of your home that wants to get in, you can at least make it harder for them.  Use caulk to seal around any openings like those made for utilities or pipes.  You should also seal around doors and windows.

Get a termite inspection.   Call a company that specializes in termite pest control in Frisco TX to inspect your home for signs of termite infestation or damage.  A professional termite inspector knows exactly what to look for and can recommend treatment plans.

If you’ve never had a termite inspection or you suspect you may have a termite problem, call the experts in termite pest control in Frisco TX, Bug Commander Pest Control, at (214) 307-1933.  You can also visit our website to find out more.