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Homeowners With Termites Ask – How Did I Get Termites?

That is a question many people from South Jersey are asking.  Believe me, it’s not your fault.  Although there are several things you can do to delay a termite infestation, if termite pressures are strong enough, they’ll find their way into your home.People

You see, in towns like Linwood, Margate, Mullica Hill, and Stone Harbor, you are most likely dealing with subterranean termites.

This means the colony and termite queen are underground.  You might ask how the colony got there.  Each year a mature colony produces termite “swarmers.”  These termites do not do damage but rather mate with each other and look to tunnel back into the soil to start new colonies.  That’s how the termite colony got started.  Once they form a new colony the search for wood begins.  Termites are an important part of nature, eating fallen trees and stumps.  However, they don’t know the difference between a fallen tree and your home.  To them, food is food, and your home can be a delicious meal.

If you do a lot of the work around your home you can take steps to help keep termites at bay.  Just remember, termites are very sneaky and can get into the smallest of cracks and crevices to destroy your home.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Keep firewood away from the foundation of your home and do not store firewood in your garage.
  • Resist the urge to pile mulch around bushes and trees next to your home.
  • Have your home treated or at least inspected by a professional exterminator.
  • Make sure additions, decks, porches, and sheds have access underneath for easy inspection.
  • Do not store cardboard boxes on the floor of your shed or garage as termites eat all cellulose material including paper items.
  • If you have a crawlspace under your home, do not use it as a storage area.  Stored wood, books, paper, or furniture are termite food and termites will find it.

The most important item above it to have a professional termite inspection at least once every two years.  There is usually no fee by the pest control operator and they can make some recommendations that may help you out.  If you do get termites, it’s not the end of the world.  There are some great remediation methods that can eliminate the termite infestation.  This is not something you should try and do on your own.

Call a reputable exterminator, preferably a company that is local, family-owned, and operated.  These businesses seem to have your best interest in mind. Click here if you’d like to schedule a FREE Termite Inspection from Hoffmans Exterminating