If you have recently purchased a home, your mortgage lender likely required a satisfactory termite report, sometimes called a wood-destroying organisms report, as part of the loan underwriting process. This requirement assures the lender that the structure was inspected by a licensed inspector and no evidence of termites or other wood-destroying pest activity was noted.
Since termite activity is increasingly common in nearly every state, new homeowners will want to maintain a vigilant attitude to ensure that their property continues to be free of termites throughout the years of their ownership.
Remove welcoming habitat
When scouting for nesting sites, termites will be drawn to those with favorable humidity levels and a stable source of nourishment. When these conditions are located, termites will build a nest and reproduce quickly, creating a sizable infestation in a relatively short time. When a nest is built near or inside the structure of a residential home or garage, the termites will feast on the wood that the structure was built with, causing it to be weakened or destroyed.
New homeowners can deter this type of activity by actively striving to remove potential food sources and cure any moisture issues from the immediate vicinity of the home or other structures. Some examples of how this can be accomplished include:
- storing firewood, lumber, and other wood products well away from any structures
- being diligent about clearing dead limbs, leaves, and wood mulch away from the perimeter of the home or other structures
- repairing damaged wood on the home or other structures
- repairing leaky pipes or fittings that allow moisture to collect around the foundation or in crawlspaces
- improving landscaping to eliminate drainage issues that create moist conditions near structures
Schedule periodic inspections
New homeowners will also want to continue to schedule regular inspections for termite activity during the years they own the home. To determine the most appropriate inspection schedule, new homeowners will want to rely on the advice of a local pest control professional who has experience with the specific termite types and infestation levels that are most commonly found in their area.
Opt for preventative treatment
If termites are a common problem or the levels of termite activity are rising in the area where the home is located, homeowners may want to consider a proactive plan that includes one or more preventative treatment options, such as bait stations or chemical treatment options.
To ensure that the home remains free of termites, new homeowners are advised to discuss their concerns with a reputable pest control professional who can help them devise an appropriate defense against destructive termites.