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5 Ways to Prevent a Termite Infestation

1. Firewood Pile Placement

Wood and lumber might be convenient to use during the winter, but it’s a powerful termite attractant. If your firewood and lumber is piled against the house, this is an even greater threat to your home because the termites now have a way to access the house directly without being disturbed.

Place firewood and lumber at least 20 feet away from the house and on a metal platform raised at least one foot off the ground. It may also help to cover the pile with a tarp or plastic covering. Do your best to keep the wood dry whether it’s covered or uncovered, or else termites will be attracted to it.

2. Water Drainage Management and Moisture Damage Repair

There are plenty of types of termites out there that are attracted to wood that’s damaged by moisture. Prevent termite attractions by checking and fixing water pipes throughout your home. Repair any leakages and water damage. Look for water spills, pooling, and damage near drains, tanks, faucets, toilets, and sinks.

Outside the house, look for other signs of water leakages and water damage. Any drainage problems will attract termites. Make sure all gutters and drain pipes are completely clear of debris, including twigs and leaves or dirt. Formosan termites especially will find a cluttered gutter a great place to start a colony.

Make sure downspouts pour away from the house foundation and that the water drains away from the house and doesn’t pool. Inspect the pipes around your air conditioning unit and other exterior water pipes. Repair all damage you find immediately.

3. Wood and Plant Debris Cleanup

Look through your yard and clear away fallen branches, leaves, lumber, and all other plant and wood debris.

Too much wood mulch around the home foundation can pose a risk. Deep mulch piles can easily hide termites and provide them with ideal temperature and humidity levels. Keep your mulch shallow and at least 1-2 feet away from the foundation.

4. Bush and Tree Branch Maintenance

Any branches or leaves touching the house can pose a risk of a termite infestation, providing a convenient path for them to access your home in Rhode Island. Place bushes and shrubs at least three feet apart. Cut branches at least 1-2 feet from the house siding.

Trim overhanging tree limbs above the house, or branches that touch the house at all. Tall tree branches should be cut at least five feet away from the house and should never overhang above the roof.

5. Professional Inspections, Treatments, and Prevention

Even if you carefully follow these steps, termites might still come into your home if they’re determined. Doing these things make your home less likely to be the termites’ next target, but they don’t guarantee that you’ll avoid an infestation.

We don’t recommend trying to get rid of termites by yourself. Some people try using low-risk termite killers, including boric acid, food-grade diatomaceous earth, and termite bait systems for DIY termite extermination. But even these efforts aren’t always enough and could waste precious time and money.

Many homeowners end up calling a professional anyway, even after trying on their own. You’ll want a company you can rely on to know what they’re doing, eradicate termites for you, and prevent them from coming back.

Fox Pest Control can be that company for you. Our Pest Pros aren’t just well-trained termite exterminators with great tools to kill termites. When you call Fox, you’re joining a family that cares.

Not sure if you have an infestation? Call today for a free inspection and free quote.

Next time you think pest control, think Fox Pest Control. We get the job done right the first time. Because No Bugs is Simply Better.

Posted on March 14, 2020.

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