While termites are beneficial to the environment because they consume dying vegetation, the last place that you want them is in your home. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to prevent termites, some of which can be done if your home is currently in the process of being built. If you’re looking for a new home, you’ll want to make sure that a thorough termite inspection is done by a licensed professional to make sure your home isn’t already occupied. While the following termite prevention tips are not a guarantee that your home will never be infested by termites, they will greatly reduce the chances of termites eating into your residence – and your investment.
Physical barriers are one of the most widely used methods of termite control. These barriers are most often a special layer of protection that sits between the home and the soil. Stainless steel mesh is usually used as a way to make it harder for termites to successfully access a home. In other cases, a slab of concrete underneath a home can also be used in addition to a physical barrier.
With a chemical barrier, the soil around your home can be treated with special chemicals in order to keep termites out. Something to think about when attempting to prevent termites is that it is possible for termites to bypass physical barriers. Chemical barriers will kill any termites in your soil and keep them from accessing your home. If you live in an area known for termite infestation, it might be in your best interest to think about a combination of chemical and physical barriers just to stay on the safe side.
Other ways to prevent termites include:
- Positioning all structural wood at least six inches above ground
- Refraining from using wood mulch
- Repairing water pipes and faucets so that they don’t leak
- Planting plants, trees and bushes at least three feet from your home
To find out the absolute best way to keep termites out of your home, consult an expert termite exterminator in your area. To learn more about how to prevent termites from the experts at ACTION Termite Control, call (877) 556-4131 now.