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Termites - Protecting Your Home

Which Homes Attract Termites

In Massachusetts

Certain conditions around your house or its surroundings, and certain types of homes are more attractive to subterranean termites than others. The following is a partial list of the types of homes in Massachusetts that present an “especially tasty” opportunity for subterranean termites:

  • Homes in heavily wooded locations.

  • Homes where neighbors have, or have had, termite infestations.

  • Older homes on stone or rubble foundations.

  • Homes with finished basements or inaccessible crawl spaces, where termites may be present but can’t be seen.

  • Homes with extensive mulch and/or landscape ties around them, which attract termites.

  • Homes with long runs of wood fences around the perimeter.

  • Homes with wood decks and wood outbuildings, including garages and sheds, which may contain conditions conducive to termite infestation, such as wood to soil contact.

  • Log homes.

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Preventing Termites

What You Can Do

Homeowners can reduce the risk of termite attack by making their property less attractive to these pests. Moisture and wood are key requirements for subterranean termite survival. Here are some suggestions:

  • Eliminate wood contact with the ground. Pressure-treated wood is not immune to termites; they can enter through cut ends and cracks, and will also build tunnels over the surface of pressure-treated wood.

  • Don't let moisture accumulate near the foundation. Divert water away from the foundation with properly functioning gutters, downspouts and splash blocks. Repair leaky plumbing and AC units as you discover problems. Grade (slope) the ground next to the foundation so that surface water drains away from the building. Adjust lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems to minimize puddling near the foundation.

  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces. Crawl spaces need to be vented. For crawlspaces equipped with a polyethylene vapor barrier, the total vent area can often be reduced. Keep vents clear of leaves, dirt and debris, and not obstructed by vegetation.

  • Never store firewood, lumber or other wood debris against the foundation or inside the crawl space. These items, as well as cardboard boxes and newspapers, contain cellulose materials, which attract termites and provide a source of food. Keep vines, ivy, and other dense plant materials cut back so they don't touch the house or avoided all together.

  • Use mulch sparingly. The moisture retention of mulch attracts termites - even more than the wood itself, so it doesn't matter much what type of mulch you use (cypress, pine bark, eucalyptus, etc.). If you must use mulch, use it sparingly - two or three inches deep is usually enough. Rake it over twice per year to avoid mold buildup udnerneath and never allow mulch to contact wood siding or framing of doors or windows.

  • Consider having the structure inspected and monitored by a professional pest control firm. Buildings have many natural openings through which termites can enter, most of which are hidden.

New termite bait systems, like those used by Dura Tech, can be installed underground to monitor your property for termites even BEFORE they become a problem.

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Construction Practices

May Contribute to Termite Infestation

Several common construction practices may provide subterranean termites with access into the structure or create ideal moisture conditions for termites.

  • Wood to soil contact provides termites with a direct highway from the colony in the soil to the structural wood.

  • Form boards, grade stakes, tub trap boxes, and spacers left in the slab after construction may allow termites to eat their way into the structure.

  • Filling the cavities in concrete masonry blocks with wood scraps allows termites to forage through the concrete voids and access the mudsill.

  • Wood debris/waste buried under the slab concentrates large numbers of termites at food sources directly under the structure.

  • Structures built within a ground depression (such as a swale), have insufficiently extended eaves, or short gutter downspouts result in the accumulation of moisture at the base of the foundation. This moisture provides an ideal habitat for subterranean termites.

  • Landscaping— including the spreading of mulch can contribute to termite infestation.

 

Safe Control of Termites is my Specialty

Dura Tech uses the environmentally friendly, but very effective Advance™ Termite Bait System from Whitmire Micro-Gen that's safe for your home, your kids and your pets.

Advance Termite Bait Station

Whitmore Micro Gen Advance Termite Bait System

Once the bait stations are installed, I then monitor them quarterly. Active ingredients are placed inside the bait stations only after I've confirmed that termites are present, and they are safely locked away from kids and pets at all times.

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