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How to Defend Against Termites

by Doug & Erin Risher 06/29/2020

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Termites are one of the worst possible nightmares you can face as a homeowner. These common insects can cause major structural damage right under your nose and eventually lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Because they live in underground nests and inside the foundation of the home, it can be difficult for homeowners to identify termites before serious damage has already been done. However, it is possible to save yourself lots of time and money by preparing your home for a termite infestation before they strike. Keep reading to check out a few of our top termite prevention tips.

Termite Prevention: What to Do Before an Infestation

Although it’s not always possible, for those who are building their new home, termite prevention works best during the planning stages. If possible, utilize a Basaltic Termite Barrier (BTB) which is made of rocks that are packed together so tightly under the home that termites are unable to penetrate the barrier. For those who aren’t able to be part of the planning stage for their new home, you can still look for builds that include BTB, termite mesh, steel frames or termite-resistant wood framing materials.

Preventing Termites in Existing Homes

There are many other steps you can take to help prevent termite infestation in homes that have already been built. A good place to begin your termite prevention is to work at reducing all possible wood-to-soil contact around the structure. Homeowners should take the time to remover any wood, lumber, plants, cardboard and paper from around the foundation. If possible, create at least a 4-inch barrier with non-wood mulch around the perimeter of the home. As a good rule of thumb, only your concrete foundation should be touching the soil, ensuring that siding begins at least 6-inches above it.

Plants and foliage should always be kept a few feet away from the home. Structuring storm drains to empty several feet from the foundation will not only help to prevent moist soil but it can keep termites at bay as well. Excess moisture is the enemy of a termite-free home, so it’s essential to do everything you can to eliminate any sources of additional moisture on the property. This can include fixing leaky faucets promptly and staying on to of HVAC maintenance year-round.

Termite Signs to Look Out For

Regular termite inspections can also help to catch an infestation before it spirals out of control. Homeowners should inspect the property regularly for signs of “frass” or “carton,” two types of termite waste left behind by drywood and subterranean termites. Additionally, patterns in the wood around the home can help to identify different types of termite infestations. Subterranean termites prefer to eat softwood between the grains. But drywood termites much prefer eating across the grains without any distinguishable patterns.

Call in the Professionals

If you’ve followed these preventative steps and still think you have a termite infestation, you need to reach out to a professional extermination team. While DIY methods can be tempting, when it comes to protecting the integrity of your home, professional advice should be considered.

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Doug & Erin Risher

Hi, Welcome To Our Website Amazing Naples Homes.Com. My name is Doug Risher, together with my wife Erin and Trish Giampaoli we are The Risher Team. We hope you find the website fast and easy to use. Please let us know if we can help you in your search. If you have specific needs or wants please let us know those. We often have additional homes, condos or land that may not be for sale on the MLS. 

A fifth generation Floridian and lifelong resident of Naples, Doug Risher has seen and been a part of the tremendous growth that defines Southwest Florida. He previously worked in the golf business for various manufacturers of hard and soft goods. Doug started out working as an independent sales representative and worked his way up the ranks to a national sales position.

In the real estate market, he has established himself in new construction and has earned two designations relating to custom home design and modern construction practices. Doug is a Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS) and is Residential Construction Certified (RCC). He believes advising buyers and sellers alike is very rewarding.

Doug enjoys creating a successful outcome, whether it's assisting a buyer to find the right community, helping find the perfect location for that custom home or marketing a home for a seller. He utilizes social media and target marketing to match qualified buyers with listings. When you work with The Risher Team, you get the double-edged sword of high-tech and high-touch.

Outside of real estate, Doug supports Take a Soldier Fishing, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Captains for Clean Water. 

 

Erin worked for 11 years as a Case Manager for the largest personal injury law firm in the state of Florida. Erin was ranked yearly as a high fee producer, negotiating with insurance companies for her clients top compensation. Erin says, "the experience I gained while working for the law firm was invaluable and made me a great negotiator."

 "I use techniques I learned there to the benefit of my real estate clients." "I love real estate and it is my passion", says Erin Risher Broker Associate. Erin along with her husband Doug are the Risher Team, they participate and contribute to Take a Soldier Fishing and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. 

When you work with”The Risher Team” you get the double edged sword of High Tech & High Touch in Doug & Erin Risher. Erin is passionate about our environment and supports captains for clean water and the restoring the natural flow on water through the Everglades. Erin loves her family and enjoys boating, going to the beach and visiting the keys and islands of florida. Together we help people. "Real estate is the truly our passion and it is what we love to do"