Working in the termite and pest control field for almost 26 years in Southern California, I receive many questions while in the field and often from friends, neighbors, and people I meet throughout my normal day pertaining to Termites. Lately, I have been answering the same questions through the company’s social media profiles, ever since my firm was the subject of an intensive campaign conducted by The Marketing Heaven. Often asked is “How do I get rid of Termites?” or “How can I prevent Termites?”. Let’s stick with prevention as I feel this is the most important question because unfortunately, it is almost inevitable your structure will get infested. There is a saying in the Termite industry in Southern California, “They only build two types of homes here, homes that have Termites and homes that have yet to be built.” However you can do things to “un-invite” them so to speak.

Deferred Maintenance

Deferred maintenance is probably the #1 reason why homes become infested so early and often. Builders today try to get every square foot they can when building new homes.  This doesn’t leave a lot of protection for the structure like the old days with large eave overhangs. Keep all wood trims, fascias and other exposed wood areas painted and sealed. Termites like to get into soft and exposed areas because the center of the wood is the softest.

 

Foliage

Keep all trees, bushes, hedges, etc. off of the house. I tell people it’s OK if wood gets wet just as long as it has a chance to dry out. If foliage is covering or touching the wood on the house and you have chipped or flaking paint the wood on the structure will actually pull moisture from the plant, become soft, and get infested. Always have an air gap between the structure and the plants keep everything cut back and away from the house

Moisture

Again, Termites love moisture, make sure your gutters and sprinklers are all in good working condition. Landscapers love to put sprinkler heads right up next to the foundation; make sure they are not spraying on the structure and have directional spray heads installed. Make sure the soil, concrete, hardscape, etc. always slope away from the structure. Make sure your gutters are cleaned out every year and are in good working order.

Hope these tips help you to keep your home Termite free or at least slow them down a little.

Todd Shelton Termite Operation Manager.