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July 8, 2012

Show Termites the Door…Before They Eat It

by terresteinbeck RODEO REALTY

If you’re a resident of So Cal, your home likely will have two things: a mortgage and termites. One won’t go away until you pay it off. You can’t pay termites off. At least, nobody has been able to discover their price. But there are ways to keep them from establishing a beachhead in your beautiful L.A. home.

Now don’t go saying you ain’t got none of the little freeloaders. Even if the swarm has yet to pitch their tents, they’ll soon be taking up residence, munching 2×4’s and 2×6’s round the clock. Yes, the mighty mites are on lunch break 24/7. Must have some union.

Five Ways to Keep Termites from Trespassing

Be Warned. For a few hundred greenbacks, you can pick up a termite monitoring system that will warn you about uninvited guests.

Put Up Barriers.  Termite Barriers come in three forms — chemical, physical, and biological.  Any one of these measures will discourage even the heartiest of the breed from entering your premises. “Big deal,” they’ll smirk.  “Plenty of oak next door. Now start flapping them wings.”

Minimize Contact. Wood siding, latticework, door and window frames, and similar structures should be a minimum of six inches above ground. Ground to wood contact is a convenient bridge into your home. You might as well roll out a little red carpet, too.

Keep it Dry.  Termites are fools for dampness. Therefore, make sure there’s no accumulated moisture near your home’s foundation. Gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks are all great at keeping the water – and termites – away.

Don’t Encourage.  You already know what’s on the termite menu. So don’t offer them a banquet by storing lumber, firewood, or other types of wood near your home’s foundation or crawlspace.

If you’d like more info about keeping your home termite-free, feel free to bug me.  Or just fire your questions or comments into the box below. There’s plenty of space.

And, of course, if you want to be connected to the latest info and opportunities in the Beverly Hills real estate market, I’m ready to make it happen.  Call or email today.

Back soon.

Terre Steinbeck

(310) 666-4094  DIRECT

(310) 724-7100   OFFICE

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