How to Prevent a Termite Infestation

Is it possible to prevent a termite infestation? Unfortunately, at this time there is not a way to make a structure “termite proof.” However, there are some things you can do reduce the likelihood that your structure will be infested by termites. Conducive conditions are conditions present at the structure that could contribute to a termite infestation. Below are some examples of conducive conditions and ways to eliminate them.

Earth-to-Wood Contact

Wood that is in direct contact with the soil provides termites with access to food, water and shelter. Wood siding, lattice, doors, window frames and other wood members should be at least 6 inches from the ground.

Cellulose Debris

Termites feed on cellulose material, which can include: tree stumps, stakes, scrap wood, cardboard, lumber, newspaper, etc. Cellulose material on or under the soil can attract termites and should be removed from under and around the structure. Other forms of wood material such as compost piles, firewood, and other cellulose landscape materials should be stored away from the building.

Moisture

Termites are attracted to moist conditions, which are necessary for their survival. Moisture in and around a structure can be caused by rain seepage, drainage problems, plumbing leaks, condensation, poor ventilation, etc. Soil near the foundation should be graded to allow for proper drainage. Water should always be directed away from concrete slabs, including patios and walkways, with the help of rain gutters, down spouts and splash blocks. Moist or humid subareas beneath a structure should have proper vapor barriers installed to reduce moisture.

Poor Ventilation

Excess humidity should be eliminated from crawlspaces by installation of vents in the subarea.

Dense Vegetation

Bushes, vines, trellises and other dense vegetation should not be allowed to grow against siding and foundation because it can trap moisture against the structure and lead to a termite infestation. This type of ornamental vegetation can also make it difficult to inspect for termites.

Mulch

Mulch is used aesthetically in landscapes to prevent weeds and provide ground cover. However, termites have been known to forage in landscape mulch because it traps moisture beneath the soil. If using mulch in your landscape, make sure that the mulch is not used deeper than 2-3 inches and never in contact with wood siding, door or windows.

Again, at this time there is no way to completely prevent a termite infestation. However, there are some things you can do to make your structure less susceptible to being invaded by termites.

If you do find that termites have invaded your structure before you were able to correct the above items, please call AmeriGuard Pest Defense at (951) 652-0505 to schedule a termite inspection.