Tips to Protect Your Home from Termites
Where we live, it’s not a matter of if your home will get termites, it’s when. That’s why it’s so important to have a termite control program for your home, backed by a strong guarantee.
Additionally, there are several steps you can take as a homeowner to make your home less conducive for termites. Here are a few tips to help prevent termites from taking over your home:
- Repair any water leaks and moisture problems. Water damaged walls, 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 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 mulch 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, walls, etc.
- 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.