How to Prevent Termites in Your Home

Your home is an investment in your future.  For many people, it is their largest investment. Therefore, it is important to protect it from harm.  You can protect your investment with a solid insurance plan, regular home maintenance, and preventative care.  At Castillo & Associates Insurance, we strive to provide homeowners with the knowledge to help prevent harm to their property.  In Tucson, AZ termites are a big concern.  Use these tips to help prevent a termite infestation in your home.

Facts About Termites

In Arizona, there are approximately 12 to 18 termite colonies per acre of land.  The most common type here is the subterranean termite. They rely on moisture to survive, which is why they live primarily beneath the soil. They build large colonies underground and literally hundreds of thousands of termites live in these colonies.  They can enter your home through even the tiniest of cracks. These termites mainly feed on wood and wood products, however, they can also eat through drywall and insulation.  They are an ongoing issue in Tucson, AZ.

Preventing Termites

Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take to help stop a termite infestation from happening in your home.  A professional termite control company can provide you with advice and options such as a chemical barrier around your home to help deter termites.  There are also things you can do as a homeowner to discourage termites such as:

  • Avoid using wood mulch in planting beds.
  • Plant trees, bushes, and other plants at least three feet away from your home.
  • Repair leaky water pipes and faucets to prevent a water source for termites.
  • Place all wood structures at least six inches above the ground.

At Castillo & Associates Insurance, we want all our clients homes to be well protected from termites and other potential damage.  While some things are unavoidable, with maintenace and care, issues such as termites can be prevented.