Tips for Protection Against Termites
It doesn’t matter if your home is made of brick, block or stucco. Or even if it’s built on a concrete slab. The truth is, termites can get in to any home through tiny cracks and crevices less than 1/16 inches wide.
The best way to protect your home is by having a termite control program that’s backed by a strong guarantee. In addition to the protection, there are also a few steps a homeowner can take that will help in preventing termites from invading your home:
- Repair any water leaks and moisture problems. Water damaged walls and leaks in roofs, attics, bathrooms and sink areas create favorable conditions for termites to flourish.
- Clean gutters and downspouts. Keep gutters free-flowing to avoid clogs that may eventually lead to water damage.
- Drain water away from exterior walls and the foundation. Make sure drain spouts and air conditioner drainage lines flow away from the home. Use splash blocks to prevent soil erosion around the foundation.
- Keep shrubs, trees and wood much away from the foundation. Shrubs, trees and mulch provide shelter and moisture, which attract termites. Prune trees and shrubs away from exterior walls and make sure mulch is no closer than six inches from the foundation.
- Monitor irrigation systems. Ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from the foundation and walls.
- Keep stucco and wood or vinyl siding above the finished soil level. Ensure there is at least a six-inch clearance; otherwise, termites gain easy access into your home.