Block Termites with Sand
If you have an issue with termites coming into your home, you are probably looking for a good deterrent. Believe it or not, sand tends to be a good deterrent because termites cannot tunnel through sand. This is one reason why this is often used as a way to keep termites out of homes. Because they use their mouths to create tunnels, they can only move grains that are of a certain size and will not be able to create a termite colony.
But does this work all of the time? There have been some individuals who have used sand barriers to find that it did not work so well for them. There is a reason for this.
The size of the sand has a lot to do with whether or not it actually works. If the grains are too small, then the termites may be able to move the grains and that means they are going to make it through anyway. You want to make sure that the sand is made of large grains so that the termites cannot pick them up and burrow through.
Even if sands look like they have large granules, they may be riddled with small granules and this can compromise what you are trying to achieve. This leaves holes for the termites to travel through and this means they will find their way into your home anyway. Considering that sand is not cheap by the cubic foot, this means that your money has literally gone down the drain. If you are going to use a sand barrier, you need to make sure it is a sand with large granules that will pack together well so that the termites do not create mazes through it and still make it to the cracks in your foundation that you may not know you have.
If you are going to opt for the sand barrier, it may not be a bad idea to have it done professionally. Having a professional do the task for you means making sure the sand is placed appropriately in order to ensure the termites don’t break through. All it takes is one small area in which the sand is not done properly for the termites to break through. They have a very keen sense, which means they are going to be able to find a path to their food source. They will do all that they can to go to where the food is and they are going to go to the nearest place – your home.
And when you have a professional take on the job, you can arrange it to where they come and do occasional inspections, exterminations, and prevention methods for a yearly fee. The yearly fee is affordable and will save you money from having individual inspections, exterminations, and preventions. This is the incentive for entering into an agreement, or bond, with the termite control company.
So when you have termites or are threatened with the prospects of termites, you want to do what you can to prevent them. That way you don’t have to worry about the extreme structural damage that they cause. Over time, termites can be quite destructive and this means that you could face very expensive repairs. Never will the extermination and maintenance costs ever exceed what termites can do to your home because getting to termite damage means tearing out walls, fixing the damage, and then having to fix the damage done to get to the termite damage. It is something you don’t want to have to deal with. So professional help when you attempt to block termites with sand can pay off.