How To Prevent A Termite Infestation

How To Prevent A Termite Infestation

There are three main types of termites: subterranean, dry wood, and damp wood. Subterranean termites are the most common type in the United States and often cause the most damage. They live in underground colonies and build mud tunnels to access food sources. Drywood termites are found in dry, wooded areas and do not need contact with soil to survive. They live in small colonies within the wood they are eating and can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. Dampwood termites live in moist or wet wood and often infest homes that have leaks or other water damage.

Signs that you have a termite problem include:

-One of the most common signs of termite damage is the presence of mud tunnels, also known as “shelter tubes.” These tubes are made of termite saliva and feces, and they are used to protect termites from the outside environment. Shelter tubes are most often found on the exterior of homes, near the foundation. They can also be found on trees, posts, and other wooden structures. 

-Sawdust or wood shavings around areas where termites are active can be an effective way to deter them. The termites will avoid the wood shavings because they are afraid of being exposed. This is especially effective if the wood shavings are treated with a termite repellent. If you have termites in your home, you can place the wood shavings around the perimeter of the house to keep them out. You can also put the wood shavings in any cracks or crevices where termites might be able to enter. By doing this, you can help to deter termites and protect your home from damage.

-If you find discarded wings near doors or windows, it is likely that you have termites. Termites are tiny, winged insects that feed on wood. They live in colonies underground and build mud tubes to travel to their food source. When termites mature, they undergo a process called “swarming.” During swarming, termites fly to a new location to start a new colony. After landing, they shed their wings and pair up with another termite to mate. If you find discarded wings, it means that termites are present and that you have a termite problem.

-One of the most common questions we get at our termite control company is about cracks in paint or wood that resemble blisters. While this can be a sign of termites, it is not always an indicator of an infestation. These cracks are often the result of changes in humidity or temperature, and they do not necessarily mean that there are termites present. However, if you see cracks in your paint or wood that resemble blisters, it is always best to err on the side of caution.  These cracks may have been caused by the termites’ constant chewing and burrowing, which weakens the wood and causes it to break apart.

Prevention Tips

There are several things you can do to prevent termites from infesting your home:

-One of the best ways to prevent termites from invading your home is to remove potential food sources from around your property. Wood debris, leaves, and mulch are all termite favorites, so it’s important to keep them away from your foundation, and leaving piles of wood or other organic materials around your home is like leaving out a welcome sign for them. You should also trim back any trees or shrubs that are touching your house, as termites can use these as bridges to access your home. If you have any firewood stored near your home, be sure to keep it elevated off the ground and away from the house. In addition, termites will often build their nests in or near these food sources, so removing them can help to deter infestations. If you have any potential food sources on your property, be sure to remove them regularly and dispose of them properly. By taking these simple steps, you can help to keep termites at bay and prevent them from causing costly damage to your home.

-Repair any leaks or other sources of moisture in your home. Termites are attracted to damp, humid conditions, so eliminating moisture can help deter them from taking up residence in your house. Check for leaks around plumbing fixtures and appliances, and be sure to fix any cracks or holes in your foundation or exterior walls. In addition, take steps to improve ventilation in your crawl spaces and attic. By keeping your home dry, you can help make it an uninviting environment for termites.

-seal cracks and openings in the foundation or exterior of your home. Termites can enter your home through even the smallest cracks and openings, and once they’re inside, they can quickly cause extensive damage to your home’s structure. To prevent termites from getting into your home, seal any cracks or openings in the foundation or exterior, including gaps around doors and windows, vents, and plumbing pipes. 

-Keep gutters clean and free of debris. Clogged gutters can cause a number of problems, including water damage to the foundation, termite infestations, and mosquito breeding grounds. In termites, wet conditions in and around the home are a perfect breeding ground for these pests. Termites are attracted to moisture, and if your gutters are clogged, they can provide the perfect conditions for them to thrive. 

-Termites can cause serious damage to your home if they are not detected and dealt with early. That is why it is important to have a pest control professional inspect your home regularly for termites. A trained eye will be able to spot the signs of an infestation, such as termite droppings or damage to wood, and take the necessary steps to deal with the problem before it becomes severe. In addition, a regular inspection will help to identify any potential termite havens on your property, such as piles of wood or moist soil, and take steps to mitigate the risk of an infestation. By taking these precautionary measures, you can help to protect your home from the costly damage that termites can cause.


If you think you may have a termite problem, there are several resources available to help you:

-The National Pest Management Association:

-The Environmental Protection Agency:

-The National termite Association:

By following these tips, you can help prevent a termite infestation in your home.

Preventing a termite infestation can be tricky, but with the help of a termite control professional, it can be done. James Pest Management is here to help, and e offer comprehensive termite inspections that will identify any potential problems and take steps to mitigate the risk of an infestation. So if you think you may have a termite problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re here to help!