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Poor Home Maintenance
Repair loose or cracked siding or stucco, peeling paint and gaps around
windows and doors which allow moisture into the wood which provides an attractive
environment for them to live in. These exteriors should be properly repaired or replaced.
Peeling paint should be removed and replaced. Adding boric acid to the paint will increase
Low foundation walls which allow close to the earth to wood contact are the main areas
to look out for as these are prime conditions for the termites to enter the house. The
foundation should be raised or the earth lowered at least 6 inches preferably 12-18
inches. Repair all cracks in the foundation that provide access to the wood inside. Look
out for the gaps at delaminating brick veneers which provide easy access to the wood
below. Repair or replace. Must be water tight.
Poor ventilation in crawl spaces will encourage moisture and dampness will occur which
is again great conditions for the termites to live in. Insure crawl space vents for proper
ventilation of all areas. The vents can also be dusted to dust the area with. I will
explain this later on dusting. Check for plant growth directly outside vents to insure
that it's not inhibiting proper ventilation. Remove or trim any brush, etc., as needed.
Always avoid plantings that are closer then 2 feet from the house. A good rule of thumb
for crawl space ventilation is about two square feet of opening for every 25 lineal feet
Avoid storing your fire wood or wood scraps next to the house as this could
support termites and allow them entrance into the house. Also remove any old tree stumps
which you may have around as this may become host for the termites. Structure control
Porches, decks, and other wooden structures should not be in direct contact with the
soil. Concrete footings should be used. I suggest that you use builders sand around the
base of any wooden structures at least 2 feet out and two feet deep. Sub termites will not
pass thru this barrier. I suggest that you mix DE with the builders sand as you apply it.
See barriers page. Plant Container Control
Avoid plant boxes attached to the house unless it's off the ground. Control the
watering to avoid constantly wet wood. Soil nematodes can be added to the planter boxes to
discourage termites. See Using nematodes page.
Leaking pipes or water faucets will keep the wood moist causing
damage to the
wood and providing access to the termites. Look for leaks. Check the water meter after
turning off all water use. If still moving then you have a leak. Leak control is very
important in controlling termites. Control your watering via drip or soaker systems. Over
watered landscape is a major part in attracting termites. Provide proper compost and mulch
to insure healthy balanced soil bacteria.
Pay special attention the the bathroom , kitchen and laundry rooms as these
are the places most of your water is used and a great number of problems arise. Check for
leaks and repair or replace as needed.
I would have several natural termite companies send their inspectors to your place. This should
be free and should tell you what problems you have to deal with.