Keeping Termites Away from Your Home

Termites are a common pest that if left untreated can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home, even rendering it unlivable. Here are some things that you can do to keep termites away from your home.

Eliminate excessive external moisture

Termites love damp soil and excessive moisture can also contribute to wood rot. One of the easiest ways to keep termites away is to simply fix those moisture problems. Repair any leaking faucets and pipes, and make sure that your air conditioner unit isn’t dripping or creating puddles. Make sure you modify your yard so that you have good drainage and no standing water. And make sure you clean out your downspouts and gutters regularly, termites can thrive on the damp rotting leaves and brush that can collect in the gutters.
Keep organics away from the foundation

This includes plants, mulch and groundcovers. It is important to keep these items 3-4 feet away from the foundation of your home, because it provides an environment where termites can thrive. Mulch provides a moist, wood-pulp rich environment for termites to establish themselves in and from there it is easy for them to move into your home.

Firewood = Termite Feast

If you use firewood in a grill or to heat your home, it should be kept away from the side of your house. Set up your firewood storage at least 4-5 feet away from the foundation of your home. That way, on the off chance that termites invade your firewood, they won’t be tempted to move into your foundation from there. This is an important rule to remember for lumber storage as well as paper and cardboard waste.

Get Rid of Debris

Stumps, branches, and other yard debris should be removed from the area quickly. If left untreated, these can attract and breed termites very quickly.
Inspect Any External Wood

External wood would include decks, fences, wood paneling, and any other external parts of your home that could be at risk for termite infestation. These should be inspected regularly, especially during wet and warm seasons where termites are known to thrive. Any wood that is in contact with the ground, including fence posts and deck supports, are at risk for termite damage. Wood paneling on your home should not come into contact with the ground at all. If you find termite damage, it is essential that you replace the damaged wood and have the rest of your home sprayed and treated for termites.

Regular Inspections are the Key

Even if you haven’t experienced any termite swarms or noticed any damage to your home or deck, it is important to have your home inspected for termites. If you have never had any termites in your home, an annual inspection is usually sufficient. If you have been the victim of a termite infestation, it is important to have it treated quickly. Most exterminators will offer a contract which includes quarterly inspections for the first year to make sure the infestation doesn’t reoccur.

Termites may seem small, but they are no laughing matter. Taking steps to prevent infestation can save you hundreds of dollars in treatments and repairs in the long run.