- Eliminate or decrease dampness in and around the home. Termites are attracted to dampness and as you know, dampness is a given in the spring in New Orleans.
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units.
- Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
- Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around the home’s foundation and windows.
- Divert water away from the house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, doorframes and skirting boards for any noticeable changes.
- Maintain a visible gap between the soil and any wood portions of your home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- Schedule an inspection with DA Exterminating!
The most important thing a homeowner can do to avoid termites is be observant and look for the signs we posted in our March 2 blog post. In any case, we’ve assembled these tips to help you prevent termite invasion of your home!