It’s no secret that termite infestations can cause significant damage. Find out how to win the fight against termites in Virginia and Maryland.
Would you ever buy a home with termite damage?
While some might consider it, others will just say, “hard pass.” That’s because restoring a termite-damaged home is an expensive undertaking, and even after all that work, they might still come back.
Of course, it’s a different matter when you’re looking to protect the home you already have. You don’t want to be forced out of your home because of termites.
After all, they shouldn’t win. You, the homeowner, should emerge victorious in this fight.
The good news is winning is possible. Here’s how you can win against termites in Virginia.
Getting Rid of Termites in Virginia: Know Thine Enemy
Did you know that even during winter, termites can move in and stay in your home?
In fact, they can be active all year long under the right conditions. What’s worse is they can feed non-stop, causing damage that in some cases, is impossible to undo.
Here’s another thing you may not know about your enemy. There are millions of them (we’re talking colonies, not individual numbers) in Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia.
And while there are many ways to get rid of termites including DIY options, there’s no substitute for termite prevention coupled with professional termite control.
Step 1: P Is for Prevention
They’re small and don’t like being in the light, so don’t expect you’ll see them eating away at your foundation. You also have to be aware that termites look a lot like flying ants. Knowing which is which, is important so you don’t miss any warning signs that termites are in your home.
Aside from correctly identifying swarms, you need to be vigilant about inspecting your gutters and other areas of your home that are prone to dampness. Remember, termites love moisture.
You also have to remove wood debris, stumps, and logs from your yard, seal and protect your crawl space (if you have one) from moisture, and look for mud tubes.
Step 2: Professional Termite Control
Since you know that termites in Maryland and Virginia are a common thing, it wouldn’t hurt to have a pro come look at your home as soon as possible. Now, if your home shows signs of termite activity, treatment should start right away.
With an active termite infestation, it’s best to go for fast-acting liquid treatment. This will wipe a termite colony fast, and when combined with baiting stations, can provide year-round protection.
You’ll also be happy to know that liquid treatment can last up to 10 years, as long as you don’t do anything to shorten the lifespan of the treatment. These include storing firewood against the house, any construction or groundwork activity that affects the treated soil, and so on.
Are You Ready to Win Against Termites?
Termites in Virginia are a formidable enemy, but you can win against them with prevention strategies and the best professional termite control company by your side.
For the latter, don’t hesitate to contact us. Aside from termite protection, we also offer rodent and tick control, as well as complete protection for your outdoor living spaces.
You can also browse the rest of the blog for more tips and advice about pest control in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland.