There are several things a homeowner can do which can help prevent termite infestations or make them easier to detect.
- Store firewood away from the house.
- Make sure at least four inches of the foundation can be seen all around the home.
- Siding should not extend into the soil. Mulch and soil should not be high enough to cover the siding. Make sure water drains away from the foundation. Accumulation of water next to the foundation is important for the survival of a termite colony next to a home. Rain gutters are ideal; however, the downspout should direct the water away from the home.
- Roof or plumbing leaks can allow termites to survive above ground in a house. These should be corrected as soon as possible.
- Paint will protect exposed wood against termites for about five years, and commercial pressure-treated wood will provide longer lasting protection. Before painting, all cracks and crevices should be filled with putty or plastic wood.
- Certain woods are naturally resistant to termite attacks. Among these woods are redwood core, bald-cypress, mahogany, and Spanish cedar. These types of wood, however, will become susceptible after several years of exposure to weather.
If you’re concerned about termites around your home or place of business, give Dave’s Pest Control a call at 1-800-400-6009.