How to Discourage Termites From Entering Your Home


5 tips

For Every Homeowner

Eliminate Wood to Soil Contact

Termite issues frequently arise when wood building components come into contact with the ground. Termites have direct admission into the building and easy access to food, moisture, and shelter. The height of wood siding, door, and window frames, etc., should be at least six inches above the level of surrounding soil. Making modifications to such building components is a much easier and cost-effective task than dealing with a termite infestation.

Do Not Store Firewood or Use Mulch Near your Home

Storing firewood or using mulch near your home can attract termites. Mulch’s ability to retain moisture and its insulating qualities against temperature extremes are what draw termites to it. It is advised to use a synthetic mulch while doing landscape work rather than using ones made of wood.

Treat Your Home with Altriset

Altriset is one of the best solutions to prevent your home from being targeted by termites. It is a liquid termiticide that is pumped directly into the soil surrounding your home, into the foundation walls, and underneath your foundation. The chemical will last for several years and has a low toxicity to humans and other animals.

It acts as a liquid barrier between termites and your home. If termites come into contact with it, their jaw’s become paralyzed, and they are unable to dig into wood anymore. This prevents them from doing further damage. Our Altriset termite treatment can help prevent termites from entering your home and it can also help stop an ongoing infestation. 

Eliminate Moisture Issues Near Exterior Wall

Termites are attracted to moisture. If there is moisture accumulation near the exterior of your home’s foundation, this will attract termites. This can be prevented by inspecting the exterior walls of your home to see if there is anything causing moisture or water to build up near them.

This can include leaking pipes, faucets, gutters, poor grading, detached downspouts, etc. It could be anything and it is all dependent on your situation.

It is advised to properly divert rainwater away from your home and to consider the location of your garden’s irrigation system if applicable.

Eliminate Moisture Issues Inside your Home

If there are any moisture issues inside your home or crawlspace, they should be dealt with promptly. This could include leaking pipes, leaking roof, cracks in the foundation wall, improper ventilation, etc. This once again depends entirely on your situation and an expert’s opinion is the best option to eliminate any concerns.