Termites cause structural damage in houses and can lead to costly repairs. As a homeowner, you’ll want to prevent termites from infesting your property. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to keep termites out of your house.

Understanding Termites

First, understand why termites might come to your house in the first place. These invasive insects eat cellulose which is in wood. They are especially attracted to moisture and damp wood. Most homes’ structures are built from wood timber, which is a food source for termites. The first step to keep termites out of your house is to remove unnecessary wood from outside the home that may attract them to your property.

Keep Landscaping Neat and Trimmed

Woody plants and shrubs along the foundation are attractive to termites. Remove any foliage growing near your home’s foundation, if possible.  At the very least, any bushes and shrubs near your foundation should be kept trimmed back to avoid contact with the house.

Don’t Place Wooden Structures Near Your House

Although it is convenient to install a trashcan shed next to the house, wooden structures should be kept at least 10 feet from your foundation. Store firewood away from the home and on an elevated platform. Make sure any decking lumber is treated and well-maintained.

Remove Moisture Around the Foundation

Termites need a moist environment to thrive. Overflowing gutters, clogged downspouts, and leaking outdoor faucets or air conditioning units are common sources of moisture around your foundation. Wet soil and wood provide an ideal environment for termites. To keep termites out of your house, remove any source of moisture from near your foundation. Address places where standing water collects and remedy the issue.

Keep Termites Out of Your House

The easiest way to make sure your house is termite-free is to prevent an infestation in the first place. If you are moving into a new house or are unsure about whether you have a termite problem in your current one, call a professional inspector. If a problem is suspected, a termite inspector will tell you about options for properly dealing with it.

Once you know your house is free from termites, take these easy steps to minimize the chance of them returning.

Five Stars Home Inspection offers home inspection services, including wood-boring insect reports, in Boston, MA, and the surrounding area. Contact us to schedule an appointment.