Many people ask us about the best ways to prevent termites. If you're like me, termites scare the heck out of me. I don't want the biggest investment of my life, my home, to be whittled away by these little monsters.
There are many simple things a homeowner can do to help prevent termites from affecting their home. If you're like me, fairly capable of home improvements, then these should be no problem.
1. Keep Firewood Away From Your Home
When the weather is nice, firewood is great for grilling. It's also nice to have during the winter for a cozy fire in the fireplace.
The problem is firewood can carry unwanted guests, primarily termites. These are some of the most destructive pests that can cost a homeowner up to $10,000 in damage.
To help prevent termites, it's best to keep firewood away from your home or business. Keeping firewood away 20 feet or more from your property is best.
2. Use Downspouts or Gutters To Prevent Termites
Termites need moisture to thrive. Improper drainage may create a perfect habitat for termites.
Be sure to divert water away from your home using downspouts or gutters. Be wary of areas around your foundation that are pooling and take necessary steps to fix.
3. A/C Drip Lines
It gets hot in Texas! And if you're like us, your A/C unit is a necessity that runs often. Unfortunately, an A/C's drip line can create a lot of moisture close to your home's foundation.
Be sure to divert your A/C's drip lines away from the home. This is an easy fix.
4. Get A Termite Inspection
I like experts. And when it comes to something as serious as termites, I want all the back-up I can get.
A professional pest control inspector will look for sign of termites as well as conducive conditions. Some pest control companies will even offer free termite inspections, like us.
Bonus Termite Tip! Repair Leaky Faucets
Make sure there are no leaky faucets around your home. A common theme of this article is that termites need moisture to thrive.
Leaky faucets create unnecessary moisture concentrations in and around the home.
Fixing leaky faucets can also help prevent mosquitoes.