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Tips To Help Prevent Termites

Tips To Help Prevent Termites

In Southern California, it’s usually not if your home will get termites, but when. However, according to Sue Fries, The  Termite Lady from Ecola Termite & Pest Control, there are some things you can do to help prevent termites from entering your home. 

Tips To Help Prevent Termites

1) Don’t affix wooden trellises to exterior walls of the home.
2) Keep mulch, firewood and any other wood debris away from your home. 
3) Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away from the foundation of your home.
4) Don’t bury wood debris near your home.
5) Remove any infested trees and stumps.
6) Repair leaking faucets and water lines.
7) Repair leaky roofs and gutters and don’t allow leaves and debris to build up in gutters and drains.
8) Grade soil so that water (including air conditioning condensate) runs away from foundations.
9) Ventilate crawl spaces and attics to reduce humidity and cover at least 90% of the soil in crawl spaces with plastic sheeting.
10) Ideally, wood siding, stucco, and foam board should be at least six inches away from the ground.
11) Seal all cracks and holes in your home’s foundation, which may provide a handy access point for termites.