Bug Tip Tuesday | Termite Prevention Tips

Regardless of the species, termites are destructive and can cost you lots of money in unexpected home repairs if left to their own devices. Here are a few tips to prevent termites from wreaking havoc on your home:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and AC units which are on the outside of the home.
  • Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Direct water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
  • Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, door frames and skirting boards for any noticeable changes.

If you suspect a termite problem, contact a pest professional right away who can confirm that a problem exists and determine the best course of action.

By: National Pest Management Association

Previous/Next
Tagged with: , ,