What Are Termite Shields And How Do They Work?

Termites can be a big problem in many areas of the world, especially warm, moist climates. However, there are termite species in almost every environment in the world. Some termites even live in the desert! That means that just about anyone could be at risk of developing an infestation of these inconvenient pests. Fortunately, there are ways from having to deal with this, as long as you know what you're doing. One lesser known, but effective method is to use termite shields. Let's take a look at these and see how they work.

Prevention is one of the most important parts of the termite treatment process. It starts before you ever develop an infestation. After all, if you don't currently have termites, taking steps to avoid getting them could be really helpful. To do this, you need to make sure they can't get into your home or other building. Termite shields are an excellent way to keep these pests out.

These shields are made from metal, a substance that termites can't tunnel through. Its surface is also inhospitable to their mud shelter tubes, unlike concrete and wood. You're most likely to benefit from use of metal shields if you have walls made from masonry or concreate. However, termite shields can also be used to prevent rising damp from affecting wooden areas. If the wood is completely dry and not in contact with the ground, it's not a good place for termites to live.

Termites are forced to attempt tunnel building on the outside of the shields. This is more difficult, proceeds more slowly, and is a lot more visible to humans than tunnels in the ground or through wood. This type of tunnel warns you that termites are around, and simply knocking it down will keep them from moving into your home. Generally, shields are made of sheet metal that's unrolled and attached to the walls of your foundation. It's bent at an angle so it touches the ground.

Termite shields have to be made by someone who knows what they're doing, as tight construction and sealed joints are a must. If there's a gap in your shields, termites have the ability to enter the home. However, used correctly, these termite shields are an excellent choice in the battle against termites. Use metal plates on decks and other wooden structures to protect the joints, too. They're the most vulnerable to attack.

Using termite shields to prevent an infestation in the first place is a smart way to deal with things, especially if you live in an area where there are a lot of termite colonies. Keep termites out of your home, and you'll never have worry about dealing with them later. Installation of these shields is much cheaper and easier than getting an infestation treated, and it's a lot less invasive, too. If you're worried about termites, take some time to check out metal shields to keep them out.

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By Frank Reece. Page last modified Nov. 10, 2008.

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