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Don’t Overlook Termite Control for Your Rental Properties

May 31, 2013

Termites aren’t paying the rent so evict them as soon as you discover them. Every year, termites cause approximately $5 billion in damage to both homeowners and business structures. Anyone who owns a wood structure worries about termites – however, all structures are vulnerable. Termites can exist in your home or yard without you being aware of it. And because there are more than 40 different species in the U.S. alone, identifying termites can be tricky.

Like ants, termites also live in colonies. Each colony can have up to 2 million termites. Termite colonies are very organized and connected with tunnels. Termites feed off of wood fibers and other forms of cellulose that the worker termites share with the members of the colony. Once a source is found (your property), a pheromone trail is mapped out for members of the colony to follow. Queen termites can live up to 25 years and lay thousands of eggs daily.

What can you do to protect yourself from termites?

Eliminate moist conditions, repair leaky faucets and water pipes. Divert water from the foundation of your home. Keep the gutters and downspouts clean. Lastly, seal any openings around windows, water and utility pipes.

Remove food sources. Stack firewood and lumber away from the foundation of the property. Remove any tree stumps or wood debris in your yard. Consider using a different form of mulch in your flower garden other than wood mulch. Check wood decks and fences for damage.

If you notice a swarm of winged insects around doors, windows or in the soil of your rental property, you may have reproductive swarmer termites looking for places to form new colonies after breeding. If you suspect you might have a termite problem, consult a professional pest control company and schedule an inspection. You cannot get rid of termites yourself. Setting a regular inspection schedule with the ScherZinger Guardian Plus Program could save you a lot of money in expensive repairs. Identifying an infestation early and taking advantage of regular, proactive program methods will have your termite tenants looking for a new place to live sooner than later.

Authored By: ScherZinger

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