The Antagonizing Ants

The Antagonizing Ants

3 Ways To Protect Your New Home From Termites During Construction

by Megan Schmidt

Are you building a new home? Do you want to make sure that home is protected from all hazards, including termites? Termites can be a devastating force in any home. Their mouths are designed to tear wood apart, so they can do serious damage to your house's frame and other wooden elements. Since termites live underground and behind walls, they're often not noticed until after the damage is already done. Since you're building a new home, you have the benefit of taking preventative measures before termites even get behind your home's walls. Here are three effective steps to take:

Use termite-resistant wood.

Termites love wood, but they don't love all types of wood. In fact, they avoid woods that they can't easily chew through. These are usually less permeable woods like redwood and some forms of cedar. If the termites can't bite through them easily, they may opt to find another home to infest.

Of course, those types of woods may not be available or may be out of your budget. In that case, you can have your wood pre-treated for termite resistance. Your wood will be injected with chemicals designed to kill any termites that bite into it. This treatment doesn't last forever, but it should keep termites away for a very long time.

Place a barrier around your foundation.

Termites often burrow underground and enter your home through small cracks in the foundation. Then they work their way up into your home's wooden frame. You can prevent that by installing a shield around the foundation. Chemically treated insulation or synthetic blocks are popular methods. They're simply installed in a layer around your foundation. As a bonus, they may also keep moisture from getting into your home.

Treat the soil around your house.

This is an effective step that should be taken very early in the construction process. Mark off where the foundation will be laid. Then mark a ring around the foundation of the home. Have a pest or termite exterminator inject termite-resistant chemicals into the soil around that outer ring. Termites will then be killed as soon as they approach your home and come in contact with those chemicals. 

You can have your soil retreated over the years. However, the most effective treatment will be the first one. The earlier you do it, the sooner you can kill all the termites that are already in place on your home's lot. 

For more information, talk to a termite treatment service in your area. They can recommend one-time and ongoing services to keep your home termite-free.


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The Antagonizing Ants

Growing up, I lived in a home with a major ant problem. These pesky insects were especially bothersome during the driest months of summer. Without a moment’s notice, my parents, my sister, and I would find them crawling on our beds, our clothes, or our bodies. My father exhausted all means of eliminating the ants from our home. If you are dealing with a similar situation, don’t lose hope. An experienced pest control specialist can help you get rid of your antagonizing ants for good. This professional will investigate both the exterior and interior of your home in order to determine the proper solution for your problem. On this blog, you will learn the ways a pest control specialist can obliterate the ants on your property.