How to Prevent Termites


As homeowners know all too well, termites are one of the most dangerous insects when it comes to keeping your home intact. Termites eat wood and can cause massive destruction to both the outward appearance and inner structural elements of your house. Keeping areas around your house dry and free of debris can help prevent termites from invading your property.

Things You'll Need

  • Plumbing supplies Polyurethane foam repair kit Hedge clippers Pruning shears Paint Pest control service
  • Keep your home free of leaks, both indoors and out. Termites, like other living creatures, need water to live. Install new washers, caulk and take care of other plumbing issues in your home to stop drips and leaks. Make sure your drainpipes and gutters are clear to eliminate any standing water you may have near your house.

  • Seal cracks in your home's foundation to prevent termites from entering the house. Inject polyurethane into the cracks to fix a cement foundation. Polyurethane injection kits are available for purchase at most home improvement and hardware stores.

  • Prune bushes and trim hedges so that they are not touching your house to prevent pesky termites. Clear away dead branches and other sources of wood that attract termites. Check under your porch, deck and crawl space for dead or rotting wood.

  • Give your home a new coat of paint. Drywood termites, a type of termite that feasts on drier food sources, may not be able to get into you home as easily if it's been freshly painted.

  • Limit the amount of mulch you use right up against your house. The wood, soil and moisture in this product is especially appetizing to termites. Large amount of mulch, especially in areas that touch your house, is like inviting the pests to invade.

  • Hire a pest control service to inspect your house on a yearly basis. Professionals in this area will check outside and under your house for termites and can make suggestions of further ways to prevent an invasion. The Pest Control Directory US provides an online source for services in your local area (see Resources).

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