Step 1: Get professional help from ECOLA
Small holes in wood, crumbling drywall, sagging doors or floors, insect wings, and small mud tubes are some of the more obvious potential signs of termites. But even if you don't notice any of these signs, that doesn’t necessarily mean termites, or the conditions that invite them, aren't there.
Regular inspections by ECOLA, a licensed pest professional, are the only way to contorl termites and the damage that they cause. ECOLA professionals have the training in termite biology and behavior to identify, prevent, and treat termite problems. ECOLA can perform a thorough inspection of your home to determine if, where, and how termites are getting in. They can also explain how to correct any conditions in your home that invite termites.
- Don't affix wooden trellises to exterior walls.
- Keep mulch, wood debris, scrap lumber, sawdust, and firewood away from your home. If you do keep firewood outside your house during the winter, keep it raised off the ground.
- Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away from the foundation of your home.
- Move mulch away from the foundation as well.
- Don't bury wood debris near your home.
- Remove infested trees and stumps.
- Repair leaking faucets and water lines, both indoors and outdoors.
- Fix leaky roofs and gutters.
- Don't allow leaves to accumulate in gutters and drains.
- Grade soil so that water (including air conditioning condensate) runs away from foundations.
- Ventilate crawl spaces and attics to reduce humidity.
- Cover at least 90% of the soil in crawl spaces with plastic sheeting.
- Ideally, wood siding, stucco, and foam board should be at least six inches away from the ground.
- Seal all cracks and holes in your home’s foundation, which may provide a handy access point for termites.
Step 2: Employ the best defense: ECOLA
If the inspection reveals termites, ECOLA can get rid of them and control them. If your home is currently free of termites, congratulations! Now, it's time for ECOLA to take preventative action to help it stay that way. For the fastest, most effective way to address either situation, ECOLA will recommend the best termite defense product to meet your needs.
Step 3: Schedule regular professional check-ups
A clean bill of health from a doctor today doesn't mean it's not important for you to get regular check-ups in the future. Your home after an ECOLA treatment is no different. Regular check-ups by your pest professional will make sure your ECOLA treatment continues to do its job, and that your home remains termite-controlled for as long as you live there.