Termites are a persistent problem in Northern California. Despite the prevalence of these destructive pests, most people can’t identify the signs of an infestation and are unaware of how to prevent them.

There are several steps you can take to prevent termite damage and sustain an effective termite treatment plan throughout the year. Consider the following tips for making your home a less attractive target for wood-boring insects:

Take care of moisture problems

  • Keep gutters and downspouts as clean as possible. Wet leaves provide moisture and food for termites, and since the gutters are attached to your home, they’re easy points of entry. Clogged gutters can also contribute to moisture problems by soaking wood off the roof and fascia boards.
  • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and air conditioning units
  • Divert water away from the foundation.
  • Remove excessive plant cover. Get rid of standing water on your roof.
  • Keep vents open and clear.
  • Seal entry points around water pipes and utility lines.

Eliminate termite food sources

  • Use treated lumber for any wooden structures that come into direct contact with the ground. The chemicals in treated lumber don’t guarantee that termites won’t invade the wood, but they can act as an important deterrent. Consider installing concrete supports that raise wooden support beams off the ground.
  • Get rid of any tree stumps and debris near your house.
  • Add screens to all outdoor vents.
  • Periodically check decks and wooden fences for damage.