Protecting your home against termites can be difficult. The best way to protect your home against termites is to avoid any earth-to-wood contact between your house and the ground. Your home faces a much higher chance of termite infestation if any wooden part of the structure touches the earth. This rule of thumb also goes for wooden structures that are connected to your home. Decks, sheds, garage door jams and fences should also have NO earth-to-wood contact. This situation makes it much easier for termites to infest the house. Follow this advice to protect your home against termites before any damage can be done!
6 Ways You Can Prevent Damage From Termites
- Use concrete pads at the point of contact with the earth for decks, sheds and fences made of wood.
- Reduce the amount of wood and wood based products such as paper and cardboard around the house.
- Clean up wood debris and leaf litter.
- Move firewood away from the house or raise it above (and out of contact with) the ground.
- Use Redwood and Cedar mulch or stones in flower beds to reduce the likelihood of termite infestation.
- Speak with a Pest Control expert about inspecting the premises on an annual basis, or to set up a termite monitoring system.
Thanks to Suburban Exterminating’s Lynn Frank, Board Certified Entomologist, for providing this advice!