Finding termites in your home can make you gasp. I’m sure that is how Mary over at Shelterrific felt after she found the little buggers underneath a damp section of her basement wall. According to Orkin, 95% of termite damage in North America is caused by the Subterranean Termite which thrives in underground moist environments (such as basements).
Courtesy of Orkin, here are some do-it-yourself steps you can take to make your home less appealing to termites.
Eliminate Moisture Problems
* Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and a/c units
* Divert water from foundation
* Keep gutters and down-spouts clean
* Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
* Get rid of standing water on roof
* Keep all vents clear and open
* Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Remove Food Sources
* Keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space
* Get rid of stumps and debris near house
* Place screens on outside vents
* Check decks and wooden fences for damage
* Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil
Termite Warning Signs
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:
* A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
* Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
* Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
* Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
* Discarded wings from swarmers.