Termites are a serious problem for homeowners and can cause irreparable damage to your home. So, if you want to prevent termite infestation and not worry about termite treatment, here are some measures you can take:
Inspect Your Yard and Foundation
House maintenance seems daunting and can turn out to be as such unless you plan it routinely and adequately conduct the same. As such:
- Look for moist soil around the foundation of your home.
- Check for cracks in the foundation, especially around doors and windows, as well as under decks or porches.
- Look for gaps where pipes or wires enter the house.
Get Rid of Moisture and Dampness
Getting rid of moisture and dampness is essential because mould and mildew can signal that you have a moisture problem in your home. Mould growth can cause health problems for people who breathe in the spores, so removing them from your walls or ceilings is important. And if there is an ongoing moisture problem in the home, consider installing an exhaust fan in your kitchen or bathroom to help prevent further growth.
Mould spores may enter through small openings around windows or doors, through cracks in walls that aren’t sealed properly, or through tiny holes left by insect damage inside buildings where termites have previously been active. Also, keep in mind that condensation on pipes can lead to mould growth as well. So, if you notice any leaks near pipes (such as those leading up into the walls), ensure they’re patched up quickly before they cause more severe damage.
Caulk Cracks and Gaps Around Plumbing Fixtures
Caulk is one of the best ways to prevent termites from getting into your house. So, caulk cracks and gaps around plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, tubs and toilets. It can also seal up the bottom of doors, windows and garages.
Caulk works well because it creates a tight seal that keeps moisture out of your house. Meanwhile, the more moisture there is in your home, the easier it is for termites to survive inside your walls.
Install Weather Stripping at the Bottom of Doors, Windows and Garages
You can purchase weather stripping at a hardware store or order it online. The sealant is installed on the frame of your window so that air cannot pass freely in or out of your home. It’s also important to have a good seal around your door because termites love to sneak in through cracks near the bottom of a doorframe. So, if you don’t have any gaps, they have no chance.
Remove Mulch From Around Your House
Mulch is a great way to keep your lawn looking nice and neat, but it can also be a breeding ground for termites. So, if you have wood chips on either side of your foundation, consider removing them so that there are at least two inches of space between the foundation and mulch. This gap allows for airflow and prevents moisture from collecting in this area. You should also inspect any trees in your yard to ensure they aren’t touching the house; if they are, trim them back as necessary.
Use Treated Wood for Your Decks and Fences
Even though treated wood is a good choice for decks and fences, it will not stop termites from eating other areas of your home. If you live in an area where termites are common, you may also consider using natural or non-treated wood.
Seal Up Your Trash Bins
Keep the lids on your containers to prevent termites from getting into your trash. You can do this with garbage cans, recycling and compost bins, and food waste containers or bins. The goal is to cut off access to anything that could serve as a food source for them.
If you’re worried that your home may be at risk of termite infestation, you can do a few things to prevent it. The next best option is a termite treatment if nothing else works because termite infestations can turn out dangerous. Nevertheless, these little pests can eat through anything wood!