Termite Prevention Tip

 

Termite Prevention Tips – How to keep those pesky, destructive critters away from your house.

According to the National Pest Management Association International termites cost $5 billion a year in treatments and damage throughout the United States. While detecting and controlling termites is a job for a professional, there are several simple tips homeowners can follow to help protect their homes from termite damage.

Since termites are attracted to moisture, avoid moisture accumulation near your home’s foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.

If your home is on a crawl space make sure your crawl is properly ventilated. Prevent shrubs, vines and other vegetation from growing over and covering vents.
The general consensus among researchers seems to be that mulch creates a favorable termite habitat, and, while most commonly used mulches are low quality termite food sources, termites do consume them to some extent. Although there is no evidence that mulches “attract” termites, they do create favorable conditions for termites near the home.

The most important practice for detecting a termite infestation in one’s home is to leave at least a foot of concrete foundation exposed so that mud termite tunnels can be easily seen during inspection. Keep mulch several inches away from the house foundation. Never allow mulch to cover window sills or to contact house siding. Watch wood chip mulch for signs of activity if termites are present in your area. If you suspect termite activity contact several professional termite control services for inspections and estimates.

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