Termites and How to Prevent Them

August 12, 2015 12:00 am

A post-it note with the words Pest Control written in red and underlinedHomeowners should always be aware of the potential damage that termites can cause to a house and work to avoid these unwanted guests. Termites are considered the top threat to wood-based structures. In fact, Americans spend over $5 billion annually protecting their homes and fixing damage from termites, so it is imperative to protect your largest financial asset from being destroyed.

There are two different types of termites:

Subterranean termites live underground and build colonies in the soil in and around your home. These termites can be found throughout the United States.

Subterranean termites enter through tunnels constructed from mud. Their tunnels are brown, cylindrical and are generally found on the sides of a home.

If you see swarms of winged insects around either of these entryways, there is likely an active termite colony infesting your home. If you find discarded wings that resemble fish scales, there has likely been a swarm of termites and they could be inside of your home. 

To learn more about Subterranean Termites, watch the video below

Drywood termites live entirely in wood. These termites will burrow into any wood portion of homes including framing and flooring. Drywood termites are usually found in warm southern climates in the U.S. They can enter a home through a space smaller than the edge of a dime making any unsealed cracks in the home’s foundation inviting to them.

To learn more about Drywood termites watch the video below

There are many things you can do to prevent termites from entering and damaging your home.

Remove termite access to your home

  • Seal gaps around water and gas lines where they enter your home to eliminate entry points
  • Seal all cracks and crevices in your foundation

Reduce food sources

  • Make sure wood siding is at least six inches above the ground
  • Remove any dead trees, firewood and any other wood from around your home

Reduce excess moisture

  • Make sure water does not pool around the home’s foundation
  • Make sure basements and crawl spaces are dry

The best preventative method is to have a pest control company who will inspect for termites and use a soil treatment or spray to deter termites from attacking your home. Keeping a watchful eye on the foundation of your house is important as well. Protecting your home from termites will ensure that the structure of your home stays sound for years to come and that you will be able to sell it without inspection issues down the road.