Homeowner Tips to Avoid a Termite Infestation
They’re quiet. They’re hidden. And they’re destructive. Most people don’t think about termites until they’ve already caused costly damage to their homes. It doesn’t matter if your home is made of concrete, stucco or brick, termites can get into any home through tiny cracks and crevices less than 1/16 wide, and they can create havoc within the structure of your home. It’s estimated that termites cause more than $5 billion in damage each year.
Since these destructive pests work behind the walls and under the foundation, it is imperative to have your home inspected regularly for early signs of termites and proactively treated to keep them at bay.
- Repair water leaks and moisture problems. Termites flourish in moist areas.
- Keep a close eye on irrigation systems to ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from the foundation, walls, etc.
- Trim back bushes and plants to prevent moisture from being trapped against the walls.
- Keep gutters free of build-up so that water can flow freely and away from the foundation.
- Avoid any wooden items that touch your home from having contact with the soil. Elevate decks on concrete.
- Position stucco, wood, or siding six inches above the finished soil level to prevent termites from gaining access into your home.
The best prevention against the risk of expensive termite damage repairs is to have guaranteed termite protection for your home before a problem occurs. Massey Services recommends termite inspections should be done at least once a year, and include a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of your home.