Wood-eating insects can wreak havoc on your home, and controlling these pesky invaders can sometimes be difficult. However, if you are vigilant and work with a pest control company, you can help prevent damage to your home. Use the following tips to help identify and control the problem.
1. Look For Evidence Of An Infestation
Different insects leave different types of evidence behind, and knowing what to look for can be the first step in pest control for your home. Some insects, such as powder post beetles, might leave behind small piles of sawdust near baseboards and window sills.
Termites shed their wings at certain points in their life cycles, providing evidence of their presence in the home. You may also notice damage to the wood or drywall in your home. If you notice any of these signs, consider contacting a pest control company to inspect the home and confirm the presence of the insects.
2. Avoid Unfinished Wood Surfaces
While adding a sealant to wood surfaces won't repel all wood-eating bugs, it can serve as a deterrent for some. Consider finishing any bare wood furniture in your home with varnish, and talk to a contractor about refinishing your deck or patio to prevent infestations on the exterior of your home. Your pest control company about which surfaces in your home may need a finish or sealant to protect them from damage.
3. Invest In A Dehumidifier
Wood-eating inspects sometimes prefer moist, damp surfaces, and that means excess humidity can create a breeding ground in your home. If your house tends to be humid in the summer months, consider investing in dehumidifiers to help control the moisture level in the home. Use the exhaust fan in the bathroom when taking a shower, and turn on the vent hood in the kitchen when boiling water.
4. Use A Borax Solution
If you have an unfinished attic, or if you have exposed wood surfaces that are vulnerable to wood-eating insects, consider using a borax solution. The borax can act as a deterrent for termites and other similar insects. You can coat the wood in your attic with a diluted borax solution using a paint brush, and you can also apply a coat to baseboards and trim throughout your home.
Talk to a pest control service if you suspect you have an infestation. You can use the above tips in conjunction with a professional pest control plan to help prevent damage to your home.