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10 tips to reduce the possibility of termite problems.

Although we make a business out of removing termites from homes and businesses, we believe that everyone should have information available to them that can limit termite activity around their home before they have to call us. Here are some tips that the LSU AgCenter put together for us.

•Situate gutters and slope your landscape beds so water drains away from your house.

•Keep mulch in beds adjacent to the house about 12 inches from the foundation.

•Do not add fill dirt or garden soil around the foundation or under porches or steps without contacting your termite company for retreatment.

•Do not disturb the chemical barrier at the base of the slab or around pilings by digging into it during bed preparation.

•Promptly remove all scrap wood and wooden debris from the landscape.

•Pine straw appears to be the mulch that is least attractive to termites. Avoid using wood chips to mulch beds adjacent to the house or other structures.

•Use metal edging, decorative bricks or border plants to edge your beds. Avoid landscape timbers, railroad ties or other wooden materials that may serve as food for termites.

•When watering, avoid spraying water against the foundation of your house.

•Leave at least 2 inches of space between your house and a deck or other wooden structure outside. Build decks and other structures on concrete pads and treat around the pads and posts.

•Do not allow clinging vines, such as English ivy or creeping fig, to grow on the wall of your house.

http://www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/2009/december/news_you_can_use/Avoid-landscaping-practices-that-may-encourage-termites-.htm

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