As a California homeowner, nothing is more frustrating than finding insects or other pests in your house. This is especially true for termites, which can cause serious damage to your home and lead to an unsafe structure and costly repairs.
Preventing termites is necessary so that you can have peace of mind knowing your home is safe. In fact, approximately $2 billion is spent each year in the United States to prevent infestations and treat for termites.
Preventing a termite infestation starts with the construction of your home, which is why it is smart to keep the following tips in mind:
- Use a concrete foundation
- Keep wooden parts of the foundation at least six inches from the soil
- Leave ventilation between soil and wood
Proper prevention of termites is also necessary through routine maintenance. To keep termites away, make sure to properly clean your gutters and spouts so that your foundation and surrounding soil stay as dry as possible.
If you see mud tubes with small, creamy-white insects around your home, or find hollow spots in exposed wood, it is time to call a Pacific Coast Termite exterminator to treat your home for termites.