Westchester Pest Control
Westchester Pest Control Technicians are experts in Termite Pest Control in Westchester, County NY.
Does termite damage worry you? If so, you are not alone. Every year termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage, and property owners spend over two billion dollars to treat them. This fact sheet focuses on how you, as a consumer, can identify and help protect your property from termites through effective prevention measures and appropriate use of termite treatments.
How do I Know if I Have Termites?
The first step in prevention is to be on the alert for termites. Termites rarely emerge from soil, mud tubes, or food sources through which they are tunneling. Most people are not aware they have termites until they see a swarm or come across damage during construction. Some of the ways to discover if you have termites are listed below:
Examine, by probing, exposed wood for hollow spots (using a flathead screwdriver or similar tool).
Identify termite swarms (sometimes ant swarms are mistaken as termites).
front wings longer than the hind wings
antennae bent at ninety degree angle
wings are roughly equal in length
antennae are straight; may droop
How Can I Prevent Termite Infestation?
Make the Structure Less Attractive to Termites
During construction, use a concrete foundation and leave a ventilation space between the soil and wood. Cover exposed wood surfaces with a sealant or metal barrier.
Maintain the Termite Prevention Features
After construction, keep the soil around the foundation dry through proper grading and drainage (including maintenance of gutters and downspouts).
Reduce openings that offer termites access to the structure (filling cracks in cement foundations as well as around where utilities pass through the wall with cement, grout, or caulk).
Fix leaks immediately.
Keep vents free from blockage, including plants.
Ensure that trees and shrubs are not planted too close to the structure and do not allow them to grow against exposed wood surfaces.
Do not pile or store firewood or wood debris next to the house.
Inspect periodically to help ensure that termite colonies do not become established.
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