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Fall: The Best Time for This 2-Step Termite Control Plan for a Holiday-Ready Home
Thinking about the holidays in September may seem premature, yet there are some sound homeowner projects that, if started with enough lead-time, will provide added peace-of-mind.
Pest control is one of those issues that you wouldn’t normally add to your holiday-ready list, but you should. As outdoor temperatures begin to cool, pests like termites begin to look for cozy quarters to call home. Make your home inhospitable for termites by following this two-step plan:
Step 1: Do-It-Yourself
Your yard maintenance routine can help prevent termites from making your yard their outside home. That way they will not be in such close proximity to your home when looking for an indoor one. Steps you can take to prevent this include the following:
Keep the trees and bushes closest to you trimmed, making sure branches and leaves are not touching your house.
Discard any lawn debris, like tree stumps, old lumber, and piles of leaves, as termites like to make nests in them.
Never store firewood close to your house. The rule of thumb is to keep it 20 feet from your home and slightly elevated from the ground.
Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home and repair torn window or door screens where pests can easily enter.
Clean out your attic, basement, or crawl space of any unneeded cardboard and clutter.
Walk the perimeter of your home and make sure there is no soil or mulch in contact with the wood above your foundation.
Step 2: Call in the Pest Specialist
You may think this step is unnecessary, but it’s not. Here’s why: termites can live in your home for years before you see any signs of them. By then, thousands of dollars worth of damage might already have been caused. The only way to prevent termites in your home is to be proactive.
Regardless of whether you have termites, installing TAP insulation is something you may want to consider. TAP insulation is a new innovative product that will not only add warmth to your home, but will save you money, add sound insulation, and prevent pests such as termites, ants, and rodents. Fall is the perfect time of year to add a cozy layer of insulation between you and the elements. TAP insulation is made of family-friendly materials and uses borates (a salt) for pest control. TAP insulation can only be installed by a pest control company, so ask your Ecola specialist how TAP insulation can keep your heat or air conditioning inside and the pests outside.
If you do require termite control, Ecola has both whole house and partial termite treatments that are family-friendly. These natural termite treatments like Ecola Heat or Electro Gun will zap termites fast while being mindful of your family, including beloved pets. Call 1 (800) 332-BUGS (2847) today to get your holiday peace-of-mind started.