Using Physical Termite Barriers
Physical termite barriers are a sure bet against any termite invasion. There is no denying that termites are of one of Mother Nature’s worst pests. Aside from their gross appearance, they can do heavy damage to one’s home or building. The termite’s notorious reputation comes from two factors: one is that they love to eat wood and the second is they burrow underground. This means that as they move underneath the ground they dig up to the surface to eat the wood foundations of houses and buildings. This makes them extra nasty because one truly doesn’t notice a termite infestation until they have done significant visible damage.
There are loads of different ways one can defend one’s home from termites. Some are reactive like using baits and traps or deadly termite poisons and chemicals. Others are preventative like using a physical barrier.
Why Physical Termite Barriers?
A physical termite barrier is pretty much exactly as it sounds. It is basically a barrier made from anything other than wood, usually steel or some other kind of metal, which separates the ground from the wood foundation of one’s house or building. This efficiently blocks the termites from their food source forcing them to look elsewhere for dinner. Although it should be noted that termites can possibly infest the house through the exterior walls. If this happens then getting rid of them through chemical sprays or bait traps is decisively easier than fumigating them out of the foundation.
If one is worried about having barriers installed in their home and how it may affect air circulation or heating; then one should get a physical barrier with holes. Sand termites are limited to moving through spaces of three millimeters are more and can only move sand that has particles that are one millimeter wide. So installing a physical barrier with small enough holes or openings will ensure both that termites don’t get in and that air is properly circulated.
Physical termite barriers require little to no maintenance which means after one installs them inside their home one can practically forget about them. But if one wants to put in the extra effort to make sure their home never becomes a termite buffet then there are other preventative methods any owner of a home or building can use to ensure another layer of protection against termite infestations. So, making sure that one’s house is free of leaks is a surefire way to keep termites out. Something everybody realizes is that termite love to eat wood, but what is often overlooked is that termites also need water. If they can’t get it where they are they will seek it out. By making sure there is no excess water being revealed it forces termites to look somewhere else for water. Any kind of dripping faucet or leaky pipe should be fixed. Also, any place or part of the house that collects or pools water should be cleaned. This could include gutters, vents, plant covers, divots in the roof, down spouts or broken lawn sprinklers. The main aspect of termite infestation is obviously the insect’s hunt for their favorite dish: wood. Check that the wood in the foundation of your home is not touching soil. The direct connect for termites, especially subterranean termites, is wood to soil. Disconnecting the two will go a long way in preventing termite infestation. Other effective prevention methods are keeping any kind of firewood or access wood in a clean environment outside of tight spaces. In the yard, make sure to clear rotting stumps or wood debris.