The following are a few proactive tips and suggestions that will help prevent termite problems. Recommendations involve the removal of termite food sources.
•Do not let any wood lay on the ground around your home.
•Keep firewood piles off the ground and don’t allow any ground contact. Inspect firewood to ensure that termites have not constructed exploratory mud tubes and found your firewood.
•Do not bury any wooden material on the property. If possible, replace any construction wood that contacts the soil (deck and fence posts, etc.) with materials that are non-cellulose or pressure treated.
•If you are building a new home, periodically inspect the work to make sure the construction workers are not burying wood scraps anywhere on your property.
•If a tree blows down, grind down the stump and roots; never simply let a stump remain in place.
•If a shrub dies, dig it out and remove all the woody parts and roots of the dead shrub.
•Never allow any wooden siding to contact the soil surface.
Since eastern subterranean termites need moisture to survive and flourish:
•Ensure there are no plumbing leaks, water from air conditioner condensation, leaking gutters and that downspouts direct water away from the house, not close to the foundation.
•Provide ventilation and drainage in the crawl spaces under the house.
•Maintain at least six inches or more of space between siding and the ground. Do not put mulch on the ground next to the foundation. Stones are a better choice and they provide drainage away from the foundation. If you want to use mulch around the home, be sure to provide a “no mulch” zone that is at least one to two feet wide since mulch allows the soil to hold more moisture.
If you notice a crack in the foundation, repair with concrete or heavy duty, durable caulking materials.
Replace severely damaged wood with sound construction materials. Use pressure-treated wood at surfaces where wood must be in contact with soil.
Trim and thin out plants. Do not let landscaping plants touch the siding or get too thick around the foundation. Not only does this make a friendly environment for termites, it also makes it more difficult to inspect for signs of a termite problem.
NOTE: For more information. Please read our articles on WDO’s, (Wood Destroying Organisms). Or click the following links…