Avoid moisture accumulation near the foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks. Ground near the foundation needs to be sloped or graded in order for surface water to drain away from the building. Poor draining may need tiles or drains installed. Termites and ants are attracted to moisture.
Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Crawl spaces should have ventilation openings in the foundation at the rate of two square feet per 25 linear feet of foundation wall. One vent needs to be within five feet of each exterior corner of the building.
Use termite metal shields on interior walls extending two inches out and two inches down at a 45 degree angle from the wall. This noncorrosive metal should have no cracks and be at least 12 inches above the ground. The concrete foundation should be reinforced to prevent cracking. Use concrete or steel supports steps, etc. when in contact with soil.
Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil. And 18-inch gap between the soil and wooden portions of the building is ideal. However, at least try to maintain six to eight inches between ground level and porch steps. Wood mulch can attract termites, especially when damp and moist. When mulch is used, avoid contact against the wood siding or frames of doors and windows. Pea gravel or crushed stone are much less attractive to termites, ants, pill bugs, millipedes, earwigs, crickets, etc.
If you suspect you may have a termite infestation or any other pest control concerns, Call Amco Pest Control at (877) 534-2847 or complete our contact form for a FREE Termite Evaluation or Pest Control Estimate.
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