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Many newer homes still maintain tradition, but welcome the use of energy efficient materials and modern design conveniences. In this article, we’ll explore two of the most popular Virginia house plans and discuss what features make each style more or less susceptible to termite infestations. We’ll also provide you with a few helpful tips, so you can invest in your dream home, no matter what the style, and make sure it stands strong for many years to come!

Colonial

First built in the 1880s, these homes grew extremely popular after World War I. Due to their age, we frequently see that subterranean termites love to nestle their way into the old wooden structure of these houses. That’s not to say you shouldn’t invest in a two-story Colonial, it simply means you want to take the appropriate measures to protect your Richmond home from termites. Specifically, you’ll want to:

  • Re-paint wooden windows to avoid dry rot and exposure to wood-boring pests (don’t forget the Colonial’s signature transom windows!)
  • Install unobtrusive termite monitors around the exterior of your home. This is a minimally invasive approach that helps you treat against termites at the earliest sign of an infestation. A Richmond termite control company can help you with this.
  • Bonus tip: while you’re getting your home inspected for termites, invest in a chimney flue cap! Colonial homes typically have large, wide chimneys. If you don’t cap it, you could run the risk of welcoming bats, birds, or other unwanted visitors into your home.

Craftsman

We find that more and more Virginians are building Craftsman-style homes. While we love the open floor plans, warm nooks, and California feel that this style has to offer, we see one thing when we look at a Craftsman: wood. Tapered columns, multi-pane windows, dense eaves, and a nice-sized front porch – all of these characteristics are revered by both prospective buyers and unwanted inhabitants (termites). Here are a few ways you can enjoy your Craftsman while making sure it remains free of termites:

  • Routinely clean your roof & gutters. While the low-pitch roof is ideal for warmer climates like Virginia, they tend to accumulate debris that may attract drywood termites to your attic.
  • Find out if the foundation was pre-treated with a termite barrier during the building process. If not, be sure to call a Richmond termite control expert to establish a plan of defense for your home.
  • Treat your crawl space underneath your porch or dirt floor basement with a vapor barrier to prevent unnecessary moisture. This will help keep deter subterranean termites from invading your Craftsman. 

No matter what type of home you choose, the professionals at PestMasters are here to help. We offer free termite inspections in the Richmond area and will go the extra mile to ensure your home is out of harm’s way. With 60 years of experience, we have what it takes to protect your home.

Learn more about our Richmond termite control services!