Below is a list of time-proven tips and techniques to help make the exterior as well as the interior of your home less susceptible to termite attack.
- Install shrubs, mulch and other landscaping at least 2 feet from the foundation of your home.
- Minimize or eliminate the use of wood mulch.
- Keep wooden fences, planter boxes and other wood items at least 2 feet from the foundation.
- Stack firewood and scrap lumber well away from your home.
- Make sure soil is at least 6 inches away from the bottom of stucco or other siding and that wood steps, lattice work and door frames are not in contact with surrounding soil.
- Keep crawl spaces and basements clear of wood debris, newspapers and excess moisture.
- Fix plumbing leaks anywhere in the house, as they can cause moisture to accumulate.
- Keep an eye open for mud tubes, discarded termite wings and other signs of termite activity.
- Place sprinkler heads more than 2 feet from the foundation and make sure they don’t wet the walls.
- Divert air-conditioner condensation, sump discharge and other water away from the foundation of your home.
- Slope soil away from the house so surface water drains easily.
- Clean gutters and downspouts and keep splash blocks in place.
- If you’re adding a room or deck to your home, make sure the lumber has been treated to discourage termites.
- Never bury wood scraps or forms in backfill.