Here are some helpful tips:
- Keep all dirt 2 to 3 inches below the first brick - It Is Important that we are able to see 2 to 3 inches of the concrete foundation around the exterior of the entire home to visually inspect the slab properly for termites. For best results do not place dirt or landscaping within 6 inches of the exterior foundatlon so the chemical barrier is not broken or disturbed keeping termites from finding a pathway to your home or office.
- Keep all ivy and plants from growing next to or onto the exterior foundation - Ivy prohibits us from rendering an effective inspection. Ivy also commonly causes a moisture problem and creates a direct path for termites to infest a structure.
- Avoid stacking firewood or other wood type materials within 25 feet of a home unless it is stacked on a metal base. It is important not to create a bridge for termites with wood touching the ground near the exterior of your house.
- Avoid using mulch for landscaping near the exterior of the home. Mulch can create an entry way for termites to infest your home. All mulch needs to be 6-12 inches from the foundation. Pine straw and rocks are good alternatives to hardwood mulches.
- Inspect the outside of home for moisture problems. An area that commonly rots and acts as harborage for termites is masonite siding. The bottom 3 to 4 boards of masonite usually rot within 3 years of installation. It is not uncommon for wooden windows and doors to show signs of moisture within 4 to 5 years of installation, especially when a house has small eaves that provide little protection from direct rain. Caulk around all windows, particularly wooden windows and doors to prevent moisture. Water that drains adjacent to a structure will wick into the wall areas through bricks, mortar joints and weep holes.
- Keep surrounding dirt around your home moisture free. Rain and sprinkler water should drain away from the home. Remove or redirect sprinkler systems that wet within 8-12 inches of a structure. Gutters and downspouts should be maintained to prevent leaks and proper drainage. Water from rain and sprinkler systems will keep the dirt moist. The moisture that has wetted inside the structure from the dirt above grade can allow termites to live without ground contact.
- Maintain the barrier protecting your home. Pressure washing your home with sodium hypochlorite (bleach) can deactivate the termiticide.
- Digging or re-Iandscaping within 8 inches of your home can break the chemical barrier allowing termites an avenue to your home. It is important to contact our office for a retreatment to keep your home protected. Every 5 years, a complete ground barrier treatment should be applied to be effective. Termite renewals should be completed when due.