Thwarting Termites

Dr. Michael Waldvogel, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service entomologist at N.C. State University suggests these precautions for termites:

  • Make sure the wooden siding of your house does not touch the ground.
  • Repair any cracks in the foundation of your home.
  • Do not allow mulch such as wood chips to touch the foundation of your house.
  • Do not store cardboard boxes, newspaper, telephone books or other wood-based products in your crawlspace or in an area that touches the ground. Be careful when storing these items in your garage or basement.
  • Keep shrubs trimmed so that they are at least 6 inches from the house.
  • If you are building an addition to your house, use pressure-treated wood whenever possible. Cap the foundation with solid blocks or filled bricks or install a sheet-metal termite shield.
  • Make sure there is at least an 18-inch clearance between the ground and floor joists within your crawlspace.
  • Get an annual termite inspection.
For more information on Pest Control
from the NC Department of Agriculture, Structural Pest Control Division
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