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How Can I Prevent Termites Naturally?

Termite prevention is one of the most effective means of termite control, and it’s tempting to try to use all-natural methods. However, all-natural termite prevention techniques can be hit or miss. By itself, all-natural prevention may not be enough to deter termites from entering your home. 

If you’re serious about prevention, we strongly recommend you work with a termite control company. They can safely apply targeted treatments to ensure your property remains termite-free and recommend areas where natural treatments will be most effective.

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Natural Termite Prevention Tips

Natural termite prevention techniques can offer some protection, but they shouldn’t be your only line of defense. With that in mind, here are some of the most popular forms of natural termite prevention:

  • Resistant Wood: Some types of wood, such as cedar and redwood, are naturally resistant to termites. Using these woods for construction or as a barrier can help deter termites. However, even resistant wood is not entirely termite-proof, and over time, termites may still infest it.
  • Moisture Control: Termites are attracted to moist environments. Keeping your home dry and well-ventilated can help deter termites. Fixing leaks, ensuring proper drainage, and using dehumidifiers in damp areas can be effective.
  • Orange Oil: Orange oil contains compounds that are toxic to termites. It can be applied directly to infested wood or used as a preventive treatment. However, it may not be as effective as other methods for large-scale termite control.

What Attracts Termites to Your Home?

Whenever pests show up at a location, it’s because that location has the resources they seek. That’s no different with termites. Therefore, one of the best all-natural methods of termite control (and any pest control, for that matter) is removing those resources.

Here’s what attracts subterranean termites to a home:

  • Nourishment: This is the hardest to remove because it’s highly likely your home has wooden building materials – and you can’t very well remove them. However, you can try to limit the amount of wood strewn on your property because this can increase your termite risk. Make sure there’s no untreated lumber or older wooden structures on your property as these can be very appealing to termites.
  • Shelter: When termites come into a home, they often burrow deep into the structure. This means that they can be very difficult to find. It’s also a reason why it’s easier to eliminate termites during the early stages of an infestation rather than after it’s been established.
  • Moisture: We don’t often think of pests as needing to hydrate, but they do, just like every other animal on the planet. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prevent them from finding moisture in your home. Make sure there are no leaking pipes and check for excess moisture in your crawl space or basement. If there’s extra moisture, consider moisture control services.

Why Get Professional Termite Control?

While these natural methods can be part of an integrated pest management strategy, they may not be a standalone solution, especially if you already have a termite infestation. Professional pest control services often combine natural prevention techniques with chemical treatments for more comprehensive and long-lasting termite control.

It’s essential to consider the specific circumstances of your property and the type of termites you’re dealing with when choosing a prevention method. Consulting with a pest control professional can help you develop an effective termite prevention plan tailored to your needs.

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