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Termites and Their Taste Buds: Enjoying Way More Than Just Wood!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has launched a new, eye-opening video series showcasing all the typical household items that termites will devour – and it’s way more than just wood.

Appropriately titled Will They Eat It?’, these videos dive into all the cellulose-rich household items termites can chew through, such as books, fast food, money and more. The six-week series allows you to view 100,000 termites feast on a new household item every week and be surprised at the extent of their destructive diets. The last episode airs Aug. 15.

 

Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year; an expense not often covered by homeowner’s insurance. The NPMA hopes to educate property owners about the type of damage termites can cause and how it can go undetected unless you know what to look for and take steps to prevent it.

Rose Pest Solutions, the nation’s oldest pest management company, receives hundreds of calls every year from clients and property owners alike, with concerns about termites destroying their property. As a member of the NPMA, Rose wants to help share this information in order to create greater awareness about the destruction this pest can cause.

Being vigilant about termite control is extremely important, and that’s why Rose offers tips and tricks homeowners can take to prevent their structures from attracting termites.

  • Keep all structural wood from coming in contact with the soil. If your siding extends beneath the soil, dig the soil away. Place wooden deck supports on concrete blocks. Pull wood debris and other cellulose materials out of the crawlspace.
  • Moisture and pooling water will attract termites and other types of pests looking for a water source. Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and AC units on the outside of the home, and clean gutters to help prevent termites. Termites love moisture and clogged gutters can cause water to pool and back up to your home.
  • Stacking and storing firewood too close to your home can provide termites with an easy point of entry. Try to keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and 5-inches off the ground. Be careful not to leave stumps and dead trees in your yard. Rotting wood serves as a haven for termites.
  • Make sure cracks and crevices around your home are sealed to prevent easy entry. Repair loose mortar around your foundation and seal all open cracks to prevent entry.
  • Divert water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

“The damage caused by termites typically goes unnoticed by homeowners until it has advanced too far, as most of their destruction happens behind the scenes and out of sight from the human eye,” said Jim Ives, president of Rose Pest Solutions. “If you suspect you have a termite infestation, it’s best to contact a licensed pest management company, such as Rose, as soon as possible to catch the damage as soon as possible.”

If you think you have seen signs of termites, contact Rose Pest Solutions to schedule your free inspection today.

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