Termites are small, but they can cause extensive damage, leaving homeowners with costly repairs. Take a proactive approach to protect your home. Learn the best ways to prevent termites with the information below.

Evidence of Termites in the Home

If you notice evidence of termites, don’t ignore the signs. The problem won’t simply disappear. Any signs of termites should be taken seriously. Call a professional if you notice discarded wings, mud tunnels, frass, or actual termites. The longer the termites remain in your home, the more damage they will cause.

Tips to Prevent Termites

If there is no noticeable termite activity in the home, take these steps to prevent them from making your property their home.

Trim Shrubbery

Keep shrubbery trimmed and neat. Well-manicured foliage adds curb appeal and helps prevent termites and other wood-destroying insects. Make sure that all shrubbery is at least 12-inches from the exterior wall of the house so there is sufficient airflow in the darker, damp areas.

Avoid Mulch to Prevent Termites

Pine needles work as well as standard mulch and won’t attract termites. If you do choose to use woodchip mulch, keep the materials at least 12” away from your home and foundation.

Keep the Exterior Clean

One of the best ways to prevent termites is to keep the exterior of the home neat, clean, and tidy. Remove any wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood, and cardboard from the outside of the home to discourage a termite infestation.

Maintain Crawlspaces

Homes that have crawlspaces should have proper ventilation systems to prevent termites. A moist environment is attractive to wood destroying pests and organisms, so proper ventilation is essential to discourage an infestation.

Prevent Termites in the Home

Once termites invade a home, they are difficult to exterminate. Getting rid of termites and repairing their damage is expensive and time-consuming. Use the information above to make your home less appealing to these troublesome pests.

Rock River Inspections offers home inspection services, including termite inspections, in the Houston area. Contact us to request an appointment.