Bug Tip Tuesday | Termite Prevention Tips
Posted on February 18, 2020
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