How to get the best results from your termite treatment or what you can do to keep those unwanted termites from eating your home.
1. Place gutters on your home, make sure the rain runoff from your roof drains at least 3 feet from your foundation. Remember, termites come to the surface to find moisture and wood so store dried wood away from your home and drain water away from your foundation.
2. Patch all cracks in your stucco this will prevent moisture from reaching your interior wall voids. Wood must have at least a 20% moisture content before termites can eat it which means moisture is the driving force behind termites. Seal up your stucco with a good coat of paint.
3. Make sure all wood is sealed which will help to prevent dry rot. Any type of fungi has an odor; this is an attractant to termites and lets them know this wood is easy to eat.
4. Have someone inspect your roof every 2 years, especially around skylights and scuppers. These are areas where cracks develop quickly allowing small amounts of water into the walls of your home.
5. Termite tubes on stem walls may continue to try and get into your home after a treatment. If you see termite tubes building on the side of your stem wall knock them down or break them open. More than likely you will not see anything inside the tubes. Once they get near the material in the wall they will head for your neighbor’s house.