The best way to stop termites in their tracks is to follow a few common-sense prevention measures. However, if you suspect you have a termite infestation, do not hesitate to call a professional for a qualified termite inspection and termite treatment.
Follow these simple Phoenix termite prevention steps to protect your home now.
1. Seal all doors and windows
Make sure that termites can’t get into the wooden skeleton of your home. Termites can get in through broken window screens or crawl beneath doors. Look for entry points around the foundation too.
2. Move lumber and firewood away from the house
Storing wood under or against your house, on top of bare soil, will be an irresistible source of food nesting for subterranean termites. Wood piles can also obscure the evidence that termites are invading your home.
3. Repair water leaks
This can include leaking faucets and pipes that create water damage, including those under or around the house. Subterranean termites are attracted to moisture.
4. Drain any puddles
Termite colonies need moisture to thrive. Termites will love any puddles around your property. Keep your property dry and well-aired.
5. Inspect your wood furniture and floors
Termites gladly eat any wood they can find. Particularly pay attention to outdoor deck furniture and your hardwood floors.
6. Get rid of old piles of clothing and cloth
You might not think termites will eat clothing, but some fabrics are made of the cellulose termites feed on. Old piles of clothing or even canvas tarps could be a food source for termites.
7. Get rid of piles of old newspapers and magazines
Once again, the paper is made of the cellulose that termites crave. If you have piles of paper stored in your garage, get rid of it.
8. Make sure subfloor vents are not blocked
Poor ventilation in sub-floor will cause high humidity and moisture levels. Use extraction fans to eliminate moisture and reduce the risk of a termite invasion.
9. Divert air conditioning and hot water overflows away from the house
Make sure any downspouts are directed away from the foundation of your house.