Let’s face it – as a homeowner, termites are the last thing you want to think about or hear. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year to homeowners. They are adept at causing damage to homes for long periods of time while going undetected. So what can you do to prevent termites from invading your home? Are there steps you can take for termite prevention or does it all boil down to luck? While termites can be extremely difficult to get rid of once they have established a colony in your home, you don’t have to rely on luck to keep them out. Here are 10 tips to prevent termites from taking over your home.

  1. Try to reduce any soil to wood contact around your home.
  2. Keep mulch at least 4″ away from your home or replace with pine straw or pea gravel.
  3. Keep shrubbery trimmed back at least 12″ from your home.
  4. Get rid of any dead wood, tree branches, or old stumps from your property.
  5. Direct storm drains away from foundations.
  6. Repair leaky faucets and pipes.
  7. Consider crawlspace enclosure to minimize moisture under your home.
  8. Keep outdoor lights turned off at night during swarming season.
  9. Regularly inspect your home for signs of termites.
  10. Call a professional pest control company and set up annual termite inspections to help identify problems early and prevent significant damage with a termite control plan.