Termites are designed by nature to break down wood. They are so efficient at it that they can do tremendous damage in a very short time. With Termites, Prevention is always the best approach.
Have Your Seattle Home Checked Regularly
Be sure to have your home checked regularly by a certified inspector that understands the conducive conditions that contribute to termite infestations. If you are buying a new home, make sure a WDO report is done prior to the purchase.
The first step to preventing an infestation is to limit the amount of moisture in and around your home. Limiting moisture can be very difficult in Seattle. Make sure there are no leaks or broken pipes in your home, and that gutters remain free flowing. Any moisture damaged wood should be replaced. Make sure your property is equipped with good drainage and check that your drains and pipes are running smoothly. Termites are attracted to moisture rich areas. So by eliminating moisture, the chance of a termite infestation is reduced dramatically.
Minimize Contact Between Wood and Soil
Earth to wood contact is one of the most conducive conditions that promote termite infestations. This will not only invite termites to start new galleries, it will almost always result in wood decay over time.
Avoid Wood Piles
Termites need wood cellulose to survive. Wood piles can be a great source of food when they are in direct contact with the soil, or when they become very water soaked and rotten. If you must store wood on your property, keep it a safe distance from your house, make sure it is off the ground and that there is no direct link for the termites to take advantage of.
The crawlspace is where most termite problems begin. Inadequate air flow, standing water, cellulose debris are all conducive conditions that can contribute to a termite infestation. Have your crawl space inspected by a Seattle pest control specialist regularly to ensure that none of the above conditions exist.
Heavy Shrubs and Plant Life
Limit the number of shrubs and other plant life that come in direct contact with your home. Overgrown bushes should be trimmed to at least 12 to 15 inches away from your home or business. Vegetation touching a structure can increase the moisture in that area causing a potential infestation of not only termites but other wood destroying organisms.
Termites can be detrimental to any Seattle homeowner, but taking these steps can help ensure that termites will be less likely to choose your home as their home.