How to keep your home free from termites

How to keep your home free from termites

You may be surprised at just how much damage to your property termites can cause. It may take time for the damage to be done but the problem with termites is that you do not always know they are around until the damage begins to show. This is why it’s so important to keep a check on termites and try and prevent them from invading your property.

One of the most important things you can do to keep termites away is have regular inspections carried out by a Lexington exterminator. This is especially important if you live in an area where there is a high incidence of termite infestation. Early identification of a termite problem can be a very important step in getting rid of the problem before too much damage is caused. There are also some actions you can take to make termite infestation less likely; let’s take a look at some of them.

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Eradicate warm and damp areas

Termites enjoy a warm and damp environment so you should not give them one. You should keep leaves and other debris away from the side of your home to prevent water from gathering. You should also ensure that gutters and drainpipes are intact and clear. This stops water from overflowing and leaking into your home. If you have crawlspaces in your home you need to make sure that air circulates so that moisture does not build up.

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Keep wood away from your home

If you store wood outside of your home you should make sure that it is not stored close to the exterior walls of your property. You should also make sure that it is stored off the ground. This helps to prevent it becoming an access point for termites.

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Make sure any possible entry points are filled in

You may be surprised at how easy it is for termites to gain entry to your home through cracks and gaps in the exterior. These potential access points can be tiny and pests will still get in. you need to examine the exterior of your home and identify any cracks that may be present. You then need to fill in the gaps to help prevent termites from getting in.

Remember that it is not always obvious if termites are present in and around your property; you may notice tell-tale signs such as termite tubes, but this is not always the case. This is why it’s so important to take preventative measures to try and stop a problem from occurring. If you pay attention to the tips we’ve provided you can hopefully ward off a termite infestation.

This isn’t a forgone conclusion though, and it’s always a good idea to have professional inspections carried out on a regular basis. If you have this work completed, you have the peace of mind of knowing that your home is free from the potential devastation that a termite infestation can cause.


Christmas gifts of the day: Gift vouchers

Selection of gift vouchers | H is for Home

Do you have friends or family members who you have no idea what they like, what they’re into, what their taste is like or who seem to have it all? I know we do! Gift vouchers are a safe option in this situation.

We both have nieces and nephews ranging from the age of 5 through to 25. We have no idea what kids, teenagers and young adults are into these days! We wouldn’t want to make the mistake of buying last year’s ‘must have’ game, music by an uncool band or clothes that they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing. We’re confident that all of them will find something that they actually want when they spend the gift vouchers we’re going to be giving them.

    The recipient can choose from almost 100 different magazines to do with hobbies & leisure, kids, sports, home & gardening, motoring & transport, food & drink and fashion & beauty. Prices from £12.99
  • The Gift Card Centre
    The recipient can choose from 97 different retailers including Amazon, Argos, Currys, Debenhams, H&M, House of Fraser, Primark and Topshop. Prices from £11.95
  • Amazon
    The recipient has 10 years in which to use the voucher before it expires. Prices from £10.
  • Voucher Express
    The recipient can choose from retailers including Apple, Boots, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, IKEA, Selfridges. Prices from: £11.75
  • Etsy
    The recipient can choose from millions of vintage, handmade and personalised items. Prices from £15 / $25 US / €20 / $25 CA / $25 AU

Christmas gifts of the day: 2017 calendars

Selection of 2017 calendars | H is for Home

Whether you need a little desk calendar just for your own work appointments or a jumbo wall calendar for all the family to jot down all their activities we’ve found some 2017 calendars for you!

We keep our calendar just inside our front door on a thin bit of wall above where we hang our keys. We tend to choose ones with flora or fauna illustrations by indie artists such as this one we had a few years ago by Gail Kelly.

We’re just off to order ourselves the Matt Sewell birds calendar – we already have some of his illustrated books – and this will be just the right fit for our narrow little space!

Christmas gifts of the day: Christmas gift hampers

Christmas gift hampers | H is for Home

A huge part of the Christmas season is all the tasty food & drink that we don’t often see or consume at other times of the year. The special-occasions Champagne and port, mince pies, Christmas pudding and cake and tins of chocolate assortments. You’d rarely go wrong presenting a Christmas gift hamper as a present.

There are hampers available to suit every pocket. From the modest £30+ ‘Christmas Carol’ comprising a bottle of Shiraz, yoghurt coated nuts, Belgian chocolates and savoury biscuits to the blow-the-budget Fortnum’s golden wicker basket of goodies that’s almost big enough to be considered a family Christmas dinner in itself!

  1. A Merry Christmas hamper – £425, Fortnum & Mason
  2. 12 Days of Christmas hamper – £50.34, Christmas Hamper
  3. The Ultimate Great British Selection hamper: £155, Whisk Hampers
  4. Winter Spice hamper: £65, John Lewis
  5. Port & cheese hamper: £45, Clearwater Hampers
  6. The Christmas Carol: £32.50 Hamper Gifts
  7. Christmas Gift hamper: £81.95, iHampers

Christmas gifts of the day: Affordable tablets

Selection of affordable tablets | H is for Home

Technology has become a favourite Christmas present for many people. Tablets are gaining in popularity each year, not as small and fiddly as some smart phones can be, but not as large or expensive as laptops.

With a tablet you can store data, take photos, watch tv & films, listen to music, browse the internet and keep up with friends and current affairs on social media.

We’ve chosen to compare tablets that are of similar size and with, in most cases, similar storage capacities. Depending on what you’ll mainly be using it for will dictate the best one for you. For example, if your kids are going to be sitting in the back of the car watching films or playing games, you want something with a long battery life. If you’re going to be toting it around in your bag each day, you want something lightweight. If taking photos is your thing, you’ll want one with a 5 megapixel camera.

  1. Lenovo Tab 3 7″ 8GB tablet – black – £49.99
    • 5 MP camera
    • up to 10 hours of battery life
    • 9.9mm thick, 300 grams
  2. Fire Tablet, 7″ display, Wi-Fi, 8GB – £49.99
    • 2 MP camera
    • up to 7 hours of battery life
    • 10.6mm thick, 313 grams
  3. HIPSTREET Titan 4 7″ Tablet – 8GB, black – £49.99
    • 2 MP camera
    • up to 10 hours of battery life
    • 10mm thick, 300 grams
  4. Huawei Mediapad T1, 7″ Android tablet, 8GB, WiFi only – black – £79.00
    • 2 MP camera
    • up to 8 hours of battery life
    • 8.5mm thick, 278 grams
  5. SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab A 7″ tablet – 8GB, black – £113.99
    • 5 MP camera
    • up to 11 hours of battery life
    • 8.7mm thick, 283 grams
  6. ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-FU006T, 2GB 2-in-1 laptop – £179.99
    • 5 MP camera
    • up to 12 hours of battery life
    • 8.38mm thick, 590 grams
  7. Apple iPad mini 2, Apple A7, iOS, 7.9″, Wi-Fi, 32GB, Space Grey – £219.00
    • 5 MP camera
    • up to 10 hours of battery life
    • 7.5mm thick, 331 grams

Christmas gifts of the day: Foodie books

Newly published foodie books | H is for Home

Here’s the first of our 2016 Christmas Countdown gift guides. We’ve researched newly published foodie books and made a short-list of ones that any epicurean would gladly unwrap on Christmas morning!