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How To Prevent Termites From Attacking My Home

Termites are among the most destructive insects for homeowners. Each year, homeowners deal with millions of dollars of damage caused by termites. While dealing with a current infestation is, of course, possible, it’s better to have never had to deal with it in the first place. 

When Amco Ranger removes a current infestation, we also make several recommendations concerning what you can do now that it’s gone to prevent a future one. Below, we’ll talk about some of the preventative remedies that you can take to avoid major termite damage

Understanding Termites

The termite brain may not be very sophisticated by our standards, but their society is very well ordered. They have a reproductive caste, a warrior caste, and, of course, a worker caste. The workers work 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Clearly, they haven’t invented the union yet. On the other hand, termites don’t require sleep and the majority of their work involves eating. 

Worker termites provide the colony with all of the food it will need. Their very import job is mostly eating and feeding the rest of the colony. While one termite may not be able to make a significant dent in your property value, several thousand will be given enough time. 

Preventing Termite Infestations Prior To Building A Home

There are several technologies that can be used for dealing with termites.

  • Basaltic termite barriers – Newer homes can be built with Basaltic Termite Barriers (BTBs). In other words, the planning stages for dealing with termites begin before the home is even built. BTBs are made of rock particles packed densely enough that it creates an insurmountable barrier for termites. 
  • Termite mesh – This is a stainless-steel screen with holes that are too small for termites to pass through. Additionally, they cannot chew their way through either. These are placed in concrete to prevent termites from entering through small cracks that could arise over the course of time. 
  • Pressure-treated wood – Pressure-treated wood is termite-resistant. Note that we didn’t say it was termite-proof. The wood should still be kept a few feet off the ground to prevent termite access.

Preventing Infestations For Already-Built Homes

Of course, not everyone is so forward-thinking in their home-building approach. Most folks simply own properties that were built prior to these innovations. Nonetheless, there are ways to prevent termite infestations even when the house was not built with these anti-termite measures. These include:

  • Reduce soil-to-wood contact – When possible, reducing soil-to-wood contact is a top first step to any proactive plan to reduce the threat of termites. This not only includes your house itself, but also any mulch, paper, or cardboard that might be around your house. You want at least a four-inch barrier between any mulch and your home. Having a concrete foundation with siding at least six inches off the soil is also a good idea.
  • Beware your landscaping – You’ll want to consider keeping plants at least a few feet away from your foundation. If you’re landscaping is near your home, you can use pine needles as opposed to mulch. If you can’t find pine needles, you can use pea gravel or just about anything else that isn’t organic.
  • Beware your storm drains – You’ll want your storm drains to empty a few feet away from your foundation.
  • Eliminate excess moisture – Termites feed on moisture and are attracted to it. Leaky pipes, faucets, drains and anything else needs to be managed to prevent a future infestation.
  • Sprinkler systems – You want to avoid any pooling water around your foundation. Some folks go out of their way to reroute their storm drains and forget about their sprinkler system. 

It’s Swarming Season!

The first winter thaw is when termites really go into action. They like to hit the ground running and make a breakneck attempt to find food and set up new colonies. One of the things that they are attracted to is floodlights. Yes, I know they look pretty, but they’re a serious risk. You want to either term them off in the early spring or relocate them entirely. There are bug-resistant lights that you can purchase if you’re totally committed to your floodlights. 

Talk To Amco Ranger To Stem Off A Serious Termite Infestation Today

If you’re seeing signs of wood damage or flying termites around your home, it’s time to consider a professional pest control expert. Amco Ranger not only provides top-quality extermination services, but we will also recommend ways to keep the termites off your property once their gone. Talk to us today to set up a free inspection.

Is it Worth it to Pay for Regular Termite Protection?

Homeowners will do just about anything to protect their homes. They invest in burglar alarms, smoke alarms, and a number of other items specifically to protect their home. When it comes to regular termite protection however, many homeowners wonder if it’s worth it. So, is it? The answer will largely depend on where you live, and the structure of your home. For those in Missouri, it’s always a good idea to contact a Missouri exterminator that can determine if a regular termite protection plan is right for you.

Why Missouri Homeowners Should have Termite Protection

If you live in Missouri and own a home, you have likely asked yourself at some point, “Is it worth it to pay for termite protection?” The answer is nearly always a resounding, “Yes!”

Termites are active all across Missouri. According to the Termite Infestation Probability Zone Map (TIP Zones), Missouri is a TIP Zone #2. This means that termites are moderate to heavy throughout the state. This means there is great potential for termite damage to a home, and that homeowners in Missouri need as much protection as possible.

Termites typically swarm on warm days after it rains, but swarms can also occur during the winter in heated buildings. Different types of termites swarm at different times of the year. The only months that aren’t considered swarming season are January and February. As such, Missouri homeowners need to protect themselves all year round.

In Missouri, it is definitely worthwhile to pay for regular termite protection. Termites are widespread and very active throughout the state and so, protecting your home is of the utmost importance.

Routine Pest Control Services

In addition to simply protecting your home, you’ll reap many more benefits when you choose a routine pest control service.

Pests bring with them all types of diseases. Mosquitos, fleas, ants, bed bugs, and rodents all carry diseases. It’s possible for you or your family members to become sick from a bite, or from coming into contact with the animal’s waste. Termites are not known to carry diseases harmful to humans, but they can exacerbate symptoms of asthma, and worsen allergies. A pest control expert can ensure this doesn’t happen.

Pests don’t only destroy your home. They can also destroy anything you have in your home. Rodents can chew through wires and termites can make a building inhabitable in a short amount of time. Rodents will find their way into your food source, as will ants and other pests. An exterminator can prevent and correct these problems so you can enjoy your home, and the things in it, once again.

One of the biggest benefits of routine pest control services is that you’ll have year-long protection and never have to deal with pests in your home. A pest control service will stop problems before they start, so you never unknowingly stumble across a pest, or the damage they cause.

Regular Termite Treatments

Regular termite treatments are especially beneficial in Missouri. First, a technician will inspect your property, looking for signs of existing termite colonies. If any are spotted, they will determine where the termites are feeding and ensure termites have access to bait in these areas. These stations contain scientifically proven termite bait that will destroy the entire colony. Every service, the bait stations are inspected, monitored, and maintained.

The unique distinction between these bait traps and chemical treatments is that the bait stations will not break down over time. As long as the colony has been eliminated and you are receiving regular termite treatments, you will never have to deal with the pests again.

Homeowners also find bait traps less disruptive to their lives. There are no large tank trucks filled with a chemical solution on their property, and the ground and water around their home is not contaminated. Also, because the baits are set into the soil around the home, there is no need to drill into the foundation or floors.

Contact a Pest Control Expert in Missouri Today

Is it worth it to pay for regular termite protection? The answer for homeowners in Missouri is always an emphatic, “Yes!” If you are living with termites or any other pest, or want to protect your home from future infestations, call the experienced Missouri pest control experts today. At Amco Ranger, we use only the highest-quality products to ensure pests are eliminated, while the people in your home remain protected. Call us at (636) 441-2847 to get rid of pests today, and live a pest-free lifestyle tomorrow.

5 Things To Know About Protecting Your Home From Termites

Termites are an unfortunately common problem for property owners in our area. Feeding on wood structures, materials used in home construction, and debris typically found on your property, an infestation can cause heavy damage and may leave you facing structural issues that eventually make your home unsafe to live in. At Amco Ranger, our termite control experts have been helping clients address and eliminate termite problems for more than 50 years. Based on our experience, the following are five things you need to be aware of in protecting your home against termite damage:

1- Wood-to-soil contact provides the perfect breeding ground for termites.

The University of Missouri advises that one of the most important steps you can take in preventing termite damage is to eliminate the conditions under which they typically live and breed. Subterranean termites live underground and in wood that is in close contact to the soil surface.

Wood siding, door or window frames, and other wood structures, such as lattice, should all sit at least six inches above the ground to avoid providing a food source for termites and an easy way for them to chew their way in.

2- Keep moisture away from the foundation of your home.

Termites require a moist habitat to live and breed in. Keep the ground around your home dry by grading it at a slight downward slope and routinely check that all gutters are clear and in good working order. Make sure all downspouts are pointed at least a foot away from your home, and use gravel to line drainage ditches. Check air conditioning units regularly for signs of condensation as well and eliminate all leaks in plumbing.

3- Keep crawlspaces dry and vents free of debris.

Crawl spaces and attics tend to get humid and accumulate moisture as well as debris. Consider installing a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from the outside getting in and make sure adequate vents are installed and cleaned regularly. Avoid keeping firewood or wood construction materials in these locations and clear out any leaves, paper, dirt, or other debris regularly.

Make sure your basement is adequately drained as well and that windows or doorways are properly sealed. Avoid keeping wood furniture or other supplies in this area and consider covering dirt floors with concrete. 

4- Avoid mulch or placing bushes too close to your home.

To avoid attracting termites, use caution in your home landscaping too. Play it safe and make an effort to avoid wood mulch when possible, relying on stones or other materials instead. If you do mulch, keep it a foot from your home. If you cut and store firewood outside in a wood pile or have a wood burning fire pit, keep it 20 feet away. Take care when watering your garden or when installing lawn sprinkler systems to always spray away from your home’s foundation

5- Use only treated wood for construction projects.

When installing fencing on your property or in planning to build porches, decks, or sheds, be certain to use only specially treated wood designed to prevent water damage and repel termites. Unfortunately, while this does provide you with a certain level of protection, it is important to be aware that termites can still infest cut edges of the wood or rotten sections.

Routinely inspect all wood structures around your home or property for signs of termite damage or decay. One way to do this is by stabbing the wood with a screwdriver. Termites burrow and eat their way through wood, leaving tunnels as they go. These will immediately collapse under sharp pressure. Note the location where damage has occurred or where termites are suspected and notify our termite control experts immediately.

Our St. Louis Termite Control Experts Are Here to Help You

Termites can cause extensive damage to your home and are a problem that must be addressed at the very first signs of infestation. To avoid structural problems that could make your home unsafe to live in, call in our St. Louis termite control experts at Amco Ranger today.  

We rely on products that are proven safe, environmentally friendly, and reliably effective for addressing termite issues. You can rest easy, knowing our termite control service comes with a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. Call or contact us online to request a free, no obligation inspection today.