PREVENT TERMITE CONDUCIVE CONDITIONS
When it comes to general maintenance and preventing an infestation of termites, prevent moisture retention through proper drainage systems and be sure to avoid direct contact between the wood and soil such as exterior siding or a nearby wood pile. Any piles of scrap wood, fire wood, vegetation, or pine mulch in direct contact with the soil should be kept at least 20 feet away from the foundation walls. Whenever possible, wood piles should not be permitted to be in direct contact with the soil, as termites are attracted to the moisture that accumulates in these areas. Overgrown bushes or shrubs around the structure should be kept trimmed back and kept away from the foundation. Wood fences should be built with treated lumber.
Remember that a basement or crawlspace is usually very moist by nature and any excess moisture should be removed and prevented whenever possible. Maintaining roof and gutter integrity is another key factor that contributes to the prevention of termite infestation. Fix compromised gutters or other leaks and extend downspouts to ensure that the foundation of the home remains as dry as possible. Make sure that the gutters and downspouts remain free of debris and regularly clean them to so they can work at maximum potential.
Make sure any leaking faucets or other water leaks are stopped. Repair or replace any source of excess moisture and seal seal any cracks that you find. Any source of moisture could become an invite for termite activity. Look for cracked or loose mortar around the foundation or windows. Cracked and bubbling paint at the walls, at the baseboard or window trim are also common signs of termite activity.