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If you have just purchased a newly built home, you will want to be on the lookout for any type of infestation of termites. Termites are very pesky insects to remove once they have embedded themselves within the walls of your home. New homes are vulnerable if they were built during a rainy season where the wood had become wet several times during the construction process. Here are signs to watch out for and ways to deter termites from wanting to move into your new home with you.
Look For The Signs
There are several signs that your home may have become a termite home. If you notice any areas where there are small holes in the wood, such as in beams, you may have a termite problem. There may be some sawdust on the floor showing that the holes are newly made. Knock on the beams and see if it sounds hollow or solid. Hollow-sounding wood is a sign that there may be an insect problem. Also, if you notice any winged insects in your home, try to follow one to see where it lands and disappears. This will give you a better idea as to where the termites are hiding.
Remove Things That Attract
Termites enjoy living in areas where there is a lot of moisture. Wood that has become wet will become a place where termites want to invade. Make sure all plumbing throughout your home is working properly without any leaking pipes. If you find a slow drip, have a plumber take a look at it to remove the problem.
Another thing that attracts termites is paper products. Termites will chew on any cellulose-based product. If you have a large number of newspapers or magazines, remove them from your home by taking them to a recycling center or place them in a plastic storage tub so they are sealed away from insects.
Kill Termites Yourself
Deterring termites is only one step in the removal process. The termites inside will not go away on their own and you will need to be aggressive about their removal. Make a mixture of boric acid and water and place it in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture on any termites that you see. The mixture will block the breathing airways on the termites, making them die after a short time.
There are also several commercial grade pesticides that you can give a try. If you want to make sure the termites are removed properly and effectively, hiring a professional exterminator like Metro Exterminating is recommended.