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Termite Prevention and Control Tips From Rutgers Pt 1

Termites are among the most destructive household pests in NJ. They consume cellulose in wood, which weakens it. Our Tom’s River pest control technicians recommend taking steps to prevent termite infestations in your home. The following tips can help you protect your home from these wood-eating bugs.

Don’t Let Wood Touch Soil

Wood touching soil makes it easy for termites to invade your home. Wood structures should be 6 inches or more above the ground. If you’re building a house or other structure, avoid burying tree or bush stumps, branches, or any other kind of wood debris.

Keep Wood Away from Your Home Exterior

Avoid using wood mulch in flower beds or gardens right next to your home. Consider using rubber or rock mulch instead. Store firewood away from the exterior of your home to avoid attracting termites. Remove bushes and trees close to your foundation to keep plant debris and roots from drawing termites to your home.

Reduce Moisture in Your Home

Moisture in your home can attract termites and cause wood to become moist. This moisture problem weakens wood, making it easier for termites to feed on. Fix any leaks in your home right away. Close up cracks in your exterior walls, so moisture can’t seep into your home. Ventilate crawl spaces and check downspouts and gutters to make sure they’re working properly.

Use Treated Wood in Outdoor Structures

Porches, sheds, and other outdoor structures made of wood can draw termites to your home. Use treated wood for these structures, which doesn’t attract termites. If possible, use another material, such as steel, instead of wood.

Trust Allison Pest Control for Termite Prevention

If you need additional help with termite prevention, we can help. Contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about our Tom’s River pest control services for termites and other bugs.

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