Termite Prevention

Make sure they're not welcome.

No house is termite-proof unless it's cellulose-free (which is nearly impossible). But there are things you can do to prevent easy access to food, moisture and shelter.

Tips for outside ...

  • Maintain shrubs, mulch and other landscaping at least 2 feet from the foundation.

  • Minimize or eliminate the use of wood mulch.

  • Keep wooden fences, planter boxes and other wood items at least 2 feet from the foundation.

  • Stack firewood and scrap lumber well away from the building.

  • Make sure soil is at least 6 inches away from the bottom of stucco or other siding and from wood steps, lattice work and door frames.

Tips for inside ...

  • Keep crawl spaces and basements clear of wood debris, newspapers and excess moisture.

  • Fix plumbing leaks anywhere in the house, as they can cause moisture to accumulate.

  • Keep an eye open for mud tubes, discarded termite wings and other signs of termite activity.

Tips for managing moisture ...

  • Place sprinkler heads more than 2 feet from the foundation and make sure they don't wet the walls.

  • Divert air-conditioner condensation, sump discharge and other water away from the foundation.

  • Slope soil away from the house so surface water drains easily.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts and keep splash blocks in place.

Tips for remodeling ...

  • If you're adding a room or deck to your home, make sure the lumber has been treated to discourage termites.

  • Never bury wood scraps or forms in backfill.

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