Before protecting against future termite infestations, it is important to get rid of any current termites doing damage to the home.

The options for removal include setting up bait stations, applying a barrier product or hiring an exterminator. One step in termite protection is to check for any wood that comes in contact with the ground, especially if the surface is often moist.

This contact between wood and damp dirt is an ideal point of entry for termites. To fix this problem, trim wood so it is at least six inches off the ground and use concrete as the base of these structures instead. If it is not possible to eliminate this contact, apply a product that protects against termites to the wood.

Another thing to look out for is wood debris caused by tree branches that have fallen, stacks of firewood or other dead wood.

Clean up this debris to increase the home's protection from termites. Since termites love moisture, another way to protect your home from termite infestation is to ensure that water does not build up near the foundation.

Make sure to install downspouts or gutters that work properly and to fix any leaks that are causing moisture in this area Also, create a slope in the ground near the foundation so that rainwater and other runoff moves away from the foundation.

Another area of the home that is susceptible to termite entry is crawlspaces, especially if these spaces are very humid and moist. To reduce the moisture in these crawlspaces, install a vent at every 150 square feet and make sure there is a vent within three feet of every outside corner of the house.

Once the vents are installed, they need to be consistently cleared of any debris, such as leaves or dirt. Termites are also drawn to the moisture retained by using mulch to landscape around the house.

To eliminate this potential to attract termites, consider getting rid of all mulch in the yard because even non-wood based mulch can lead to a termite infestation.

If mulch is necessary, make sure to only place it on every two to three inches of ground and to keep it away from any wood surfaces on the exterior of the home.

A more permanent solution is to apply Permethrin, a pesticide deemed safe by the FDA, to the home by mixing it into paint and polish that is applied to the walls and floor. Make sure to check out my homepage to learn more about termites.