Don’t let termites happen to you! Franklin Pest Solutions partners with NPMA during Termite Awareness Week to bring you 3 vital steps to help prevent the silent destroyers from taking over your home!

Close up of termites on ground from Franklin Pest Solutions

Termites, AKA the “Silent Destroyers,” are nicknamed for their ability to destroy wood, flooring, and wallpaper before ever being noticed.

Franklin Pest Solutions and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) are joining forces to provide valuable information just in time for Termite Awareness Week, March 11-17, 2018. In honor of this annual affair, Franklin Pest Solutions cautions you of three areas around your home that you could be making valuable mistakes and attracting termites.Do you know when the last time you had a termite inspection for your home completed? If it’s been more than 2 years, schedule one with a Franklin termite exterminator today.

“Termites often cause damage completely behind-the-scenes without anyone knowing until it’s too late. In fact, according to the NPMA, termite infestations cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year-an expense typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.” said Janelle Iaccino at Franklin Pest Solutions. “Homeowners should work to make their home and property less attractive to these wood-destroying pests before spring hits and colonies are out in full force.”

Preventive Steps for Keeping Termites Away

  1. Storing firewood too close to property: Many homeowners keep firewood stacked against their home or on the stoop for easy access. This is appealing to termites and can draw them towards a home and provide a point of entry. Instead, store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground. Also, be careful of leaving stumps and dead tress in the yard. Rotting wood material can serve as termite fuel and eventually result in termites entering the home.
  2. Clogged gutters: Cleaning the gutters is a necessary part of termite prevention. Termites love moisture and clogged gutters can cause water to pool and make insulation vulnerable to these wood-destroying pests.
  3. Mulch: Mulch is frequently used new the home and against the foundation and can serve as a source of food for termites. It also retains moisture, which attracts these destructing pests. Minimize the usage of wood mulch and keep it at least 15 inches from the foundation.

If you feel that your home has signs of a possible termite infestation call Franklin Pest Solutions for a termite inspection. With Franklin’s Healthy Home Maintenance Plus Sentricon, we guarantee to not only knock out the whole termite colony but to also keep your home free of a variety of pests that fall under our Healthy Home Maintenance Program. Stay tuned this week for more termite facts and myths busted!

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