Termite damage causes billions worth of losses annually around the world. They look like tiny ants, and they travel in colonies eating wood and other organic things. They can cause major damage in just a short period of time. That is why it is so important to take the precautions you can to ensure your home does not become infested.
This is the very first thing you can do to prevent termites. Be sure to get semi-annual, or at least annual, checkups by a professional. That is the only way you can be sure that your home is not infested with termites. You must have a house completely assessed for termite damage before purchasing a house or any other real estate property.
Termites love wet environments, as they live off of water in order to survive. This is why it is so important to make sure that there aren’t any broken pipes or leaks in your home. If there are, they will provide the perfect priding grounds for termites.
Repair Cracks in Your House
Termites can fit through the smallest of openings. They will find any cracks in the foundation to get through into the house. Make sure that all openings or cracks are sealed properly.
You should know that chemically treated wood does lower the chance of a termite infestation. Therefore, use treated wood when building inside the house. Be sure when building a deck or other addition to the house, that it is raised and not directly in contact with the soil.
Termites love to build tunnels in soil. By reducing direct contact between the wood and soil, you’re able to block this method of them coming into the house. Make sure that you minimize the contact between the wood and soil and your foundation, no matter how inconvenient that may prove to be. The alternative isn’t pretty.
Don’t Store Wood Outside
Termites love when you do this. Wood left outside is usually rained on frequently, which, you guessed it, creates moisture. If you are going to store it outside, be sure it is far away from your house and in a place such as a bin or shed, rather than just sitting out without any cover.
Termites are in love with mulch, because it is very moist. It cannot be stressed enough that you must keep wooden mulch far, far away from the foundation of the house. At the very least, 6″ if not more. Yes, this may interfere with your landscaping, but would you rather your mulch be further from the house than you would like, or have to live with a termite infestation tent, and spend thousands of dollars to get rid of them? That’s what we thought! Also keep big bushes and plants of that nature away from the exterior of the house, as it can cause moisture buildups as well.