Preventing termites in your home is by far the most effective way to protect it from the damage that they can cause. Keeping termites away is not a complicated process but it does require proactive action on your part. The top tips for preventing termites in your home include: getting routine termite inspections, preventing moisture problems around your house, storing firewood appropriately, and keeping the soil a proper distance from the siding of your home.
Get routine termite inspections
Routine professional termite inspections are one of the best ways to prevent a termite infestation in your home. During an inspection, the termite pro will examine the areas of your home that are most likely to show signs of termite activity. These include in the crawlspace underneath your house and in the attic. The inspector will also look at the condition of your siding and at the wood around your doors, and windows. An initial inspection of your home will let you know if you have an active infestation or signs of a previous infestation. The results of the initial inspection will allow you to determine the correct timing for follow-up inspections.
Prevent moisture problems around your house
Subterranean termites need to be in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive. If you have water issues around your house it can make it vulnerable to termites. You can prevent moisture problems around your house – and help prevent termites – by keeping up with proper maintenance. Common causes for moisture problems include downspouts that do not function properly, drainage issues, and potentially an air conditioning unit that is leaking. If you have moisture problems around your house it is important to address them quickly in order to protect against termites.
Store firewood appropriately
Another important tip for preventing termites in your home is to store firewood appropriately. Termites can infest firewood and transfer over to your home if it is stored up against the exterior. The wrong place to store your firewood is next to your house. The right place to store it is away from the perimeter of your house. You can invest in a firewood rack to store it off of the ground and away from your home.
Keep the soil a proper distance from your siding
Subterranean termites need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil. Because of this, a buildup of soil near your house can make it easy for termites to get to your wood siding. Keep the soil around your foundation a proper distance from your siding to help avoid a termite infestation.
You can take steps to prevent termites in your home by following the tips above. Unfortunately, even when you follow the tips above you are not guaranteed to avoid termites. These pests will not stop trying to get to the wood of your home which means you must remain proactive. You can get additional help protecting your home from termites by scheduling a professional inspection and treatment – if necessary.