If you own a home and you're worried about termites, don't wait until you're faced with a full-blown infestation. Instead, take matters into your own hands to control the infestation, and to prevent damage to your home. If you're not sure how to control a termite problem, read the list provided below. You'll find four effective tips that will help you prevent termite infestations.

Avoid DIY Chemicals

If you've discovered termites in your home, you might think that you can fight them using over-the-counter pesticide treatments. Unfortunately, that's not the case. In fact, you could end up doing more harm than good with do-it-yourself pesticides. First, do-it-yourself pesticides can harm your plants, your pets and your children, especially if you apply the pesticide in exposed areas of the home. Second, do-it-yourself pesticide treatments may kill the termites you find in your home, but they won't do anything to fight the termites that are hiding below the surface. 

Minimize the Moisture

If you're battling a termite problem, now's the time to get any moisture issues under control. You might not realise this, but moisture problems can encourage termite activity. Moisture can be found in a variety of places around the house. Some places to check for moisture problems include under the sink, around the foundation of your home and in your gardens. Eliminating the moisture around your home will help to reduce the termite problems as well. 

Introduce Nematodes

If you've noticed some termite activity near the foundation of your home, it's time to introduce some nematodes into your gardens. You might not realise this, but nematodes are the natural enemy to termites. In fact, nematodes will kill any termites they come in contact with. Termites ingest the nematodes, and then the bacteria from the nematodes work to kill the bugs. Best of all, they're completely safe for plants, animals and humans, which means you don't need to worry about safety issues. 

Hire a Termite Service

Finally, if you're dealing with a termite problem in your home, you need to hire a termite service as soon as possible. The tips provided above will help to reduce the spread, but for long-term protection, you need a professional termite service. Not only will they provide effective termite treatment, but they'll also provide annual inspections to prevent repeat infestations. 

Don't let termites get the upper hand. At the first sign of termite activity, use the tips provided to prevent a full-blown infestation.

Contact a termite treatment service for more information.