Termites can do serious damage to a home very quickly. You may not even know they are there until it’s too late. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homes each year. These destructive insects need moisture and wood to live, so eliminating their access to either of these in and around your home will help prevent an infestation.
Plug, patch or seal any holes you find in your house, especially in the foundation. Termites walk into the tiniest breaches in your wall, floor or window casings.
Clear brush from around your home to keep moisture at bay. Take extra care if you live in a wet or humid climate. If you live a region that gets a lot of rain, you must be extra vigilant. Remove stumps, roots or dead trees from your yard. These temptations lure termites, and when they're finished eating the dead wood, they will notice your home nearby.
Use wooden bait stakes to attract the bugs away from your house and poison them as they munch at the wood. Place them 2 or 3 feet from the house, spaced about 10 feet apart, and encircle your home. If you find termites when you check them, add the poison.