Termite 101

24Restorereconstruction minneapolis, residential repairs minneapolis recently restored a home that had an astonishing amount of damage due to termites. Due to the business I am in, and the fact that I am also a concerned homeowner, this job lead me on a quest to find out more information on these lil’ pests and how to prevent them from your home sweet home. 

Early in the spring/summer season is the time of year that termites love best. These sneaky little creatures can turn a solid wood structure into a pile of toothpicks in short order.

They nest near abundant sources of food and unfortunately, wooden structures like homes and outbuildings feature prominently on their menu. Once established, a termite queen has staying power, living for 15-25 years and producing an egg every 15 seconds.

Each year, termites and similar pests cause billions of dollars in damage to structures in the Midwest alone. So, knowing how to prevent these little buggers is important. There are a few tricks you can do to ensure your old house is as safe as possible. Though no wooden structure is completely safe from termites, these tips can save you money and frustration.

Prevention is the best defense. Make property inhospitable to these destructive pests by:

  • Stacking firewood away from wooden structures. 
  • Removing excess food sources from around structures, such as dead trees and landscaping lumber.

Minimizing wood-to-ground contact, such as siding near the soil, or treating these areas with liquid termiticide.

  • Sealing gaps around water and gas lines.
  • Resolving moisture problems near foundations.
  • Keeping mulch six inches away from foundations.

Warning signs of termites:

  • Mud tubes climbing building foundations, which protect soft termite bodies from drying out as they travel from ground nests.
  • Wood that seems soft, sounds hollow, darkens or blisters.
  • Discarded wings near windowsills or foundations during the February through June swarming season.
  • Mounds of termite pellets resembling small piles of salt and pepper.

Experiencing an infestation despite your best efforts? Treating it is not a do-it-yourself project, so be sure to hire a reputable pest control company. Repairing the damage is another task better left to professionals. 24Restore brings extensive experience and technology to restoring structures and resolving issues like moisture that encourage insect damage.  

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