Tips for Termite Prevention

Tips for Termite Prevention

Are you inviting termites for dinner? Termites eat dead wood, and to them your house is nothing but another meal.

You may not be able to prevent termites from attacking your home without treatment, but there are certain things you can do to help discourage them. They are more likely to attack moist wood, so follow these tips on keeping your house dry:

  • Repair plumbing leaks.
  • Install gutters to divert rain water away from the foundation. If you already have gutters, make sure they are not clogged with debris or damaged. Clogged or damaged gutters can cause a multitude of pest problems. Make sure downspouts direct the water away from the foundation.
  • Make sure sprinklers do not spray water toward the foundation of the house.
  • If water continually pools next to the foundation wall, you may need to re-grade the soil so that water flows away from the foundation or install a foundation drainage system (i.e. French drain).
  • Make sure the roof is in good shape, and there are no leaks.
  • Repair or replace siding and flashing that is damaged.
  • Do not store firewood, scrap lumber, or any other wooden products next to the house.
  • Do not use an excessive amount of mulch or pine straw around the foundation.
  • Keep bushes and trees trimmed away from the foundation.
  • If you have a crawlspace, make sure it has adequate ventilation and a moisture barrier.
  • Do not store items, especially wooden items or materials containing cellulose, in the crawlspace.

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Tips for Termite Prevention