How To Keep Your Ontario Home Protected From Termites


December 15, 2021

Termites are one of the last things that you want to hear are invading your home. There are not that many misconceptions about the pest. Everyone generally knows that they mean bad news, and even that is an understatement. They are known as “silent destroyers” because they can go undetected for so long before you know you are deep in property damage.

a subterranean termite crawling on wood

Termite Destruction

There are many different termite species, but they can all be disastrous for your home. There are the following:

  • Subterranean Termite
  • Drywood Termite
  • Dampwood Termite
  • Formosan Termite
  • Conehead Termite

You can determine the difference by looking at the termite’s coloring and size. Some have darker heads, while others are more of a creamy white color. Some of the most common termites that you can find are the Drywood Termites, which can reach almost an inch long, and their most defining characteristic is their wings.

All of these termites will quickly chew through your support beams, wallpaper, floors, and walls, racking up expensive repair costs. Collectively termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every year. 

Why Do Termites Choose Your Home

Why would a termite choose your Ontario home, though? What makes them pick yours instead of others? It’s hard to get into the mind of an insect, but by looking at the patterns, there are some distinct trends and characteristics about homes that entice termites.

If your home has firewood or scrap wood, you will want to store it at least 20 feet from the home. Otherwise, termites will have a more accessible pathway into the house. Termites are also attracted by water accumulation by the home’s foundation. If your home is humid, they will also be more attracted. Homes where the foundation is right on top of the ground are also attractive to these termites. It is an incredibly accessible way for them to get into every part of your home.

Preventing Termites

So what do I do to prevent termites? These are all why a termite would want to choose your home, so you need to be proactive in eliminating these termite hotspots before they can even start.

Properly store wood and properly dispose of wet or rotting wood. This will help ensure that the termites do not choose your home. Beyond just wet wood, any hard debris encourages termites, so you will want to keep your yard clean and free of anything that might attract the termites.

Properly ventilating your home is another important preventative measure. If the wood in your home is not properly ventilated, it can become humid and collect moisture as well, encouraging termites to feast on your home. One of the most important measures you can make for your home is ensuring minimal soil-to-structure contact. If the termites have a more challenging time reaching the parts of your home they want to eat, they will find somewhere else to go. 

Termite Control With Professionals

If you are not sure if you have a termite infestation, or if you have seen the signs and know they have made their home in your walls, you need to call EarlyBird Extermination. The best termite prevention and control comes with professionals. With us, we will inspect your home to find the areas of active infestation, and depending on the severity, we will take appropriate measures.

Our most common solution is to treat your home with Termidor, which we will inject through part of the wood in your home, and soon the termites will take that wood back to their colony and eliminate it. If the termites have also caused extensive damage, EarlyBird Extermination can provide some repair work depending on the situation. We go above and beyond for customers.

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