Termites are usually invisible, except for the sudden appearance of large termite swarms as the weather warms. The appearance of a swarm indoors is often one of the first signs of an infestation for a homeowner. Don’t wait for the damage to be done. Take the steps below to protect your home.

 

WOOD TO EARTH

  • Minimize or eliminate the use of wood mulch.

  • Keep crawlspaces and basements clear of wood debris, newspapers and excess moisture.

  • Keep wooden fences, planter boxes and other wood items at least 2 feet from your foundation.

  • Install shrubs, mulch and other landscaping at least 2 feet from the foundation of your home.

 

EXCESSIVE MOISTURE

  • Fix plumbing leaks anywhere in the house, as they can cause moisture to accumulate.

  • Place sprinkler heads away from your foundation and make sure that they don’t wet the walls.

  • Make sure all air-conditioner/heater/dryer condensation and sump pump discharges are well away from your home's foundation.

 

GROUND LEVEL

  • Slope soil away from the house so surface water drains easily.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts and keep splash blocks in place.

 

WOOD STRATEGIES

  • Install shrubs, mulch and other landscaping at least 2 feet from the foundation of your home.

  • Never bury wood scraps in backfill during construction.

  • Keep firewood, lumber and wood scraps elevated off the ground and stored away from your home.

  • Always use treated lumber in the construction of decking or other exterior home features.

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