There is no better time than now to start being proactive against preventing termites. Termite colonies will seek out locations to infest. If you’re not careful, they’ll end up choosing the inside of your walls or the foundation of your home as a nesting ground. This could cause you thousands in damage to your most prized possession. Termites cause $5 billion in damage every year in the United States. They are nothing short of devastating.

That’s why it’s so important to follow these five amazing termite control tips. You need to control this problem. We’re here to help!

Eliminate Moisture Wherever Possible

No, you can’t stop it from raining but you can help prevent moisture in places where termites might hide within your home. Once they discover a place that has enough moisture to survive and is also near a source of food, then these nasty pests will hunker down and build their colony. Be sure that you keep a diligent eye on the moisture level inside of your home and around its foundation. Invest in some dehumidifiers if you need to.

Keep Firewood Away from your Home

Termites will connect to their food sources using tunnels and these are not always visible to the naked eye. Firewood is a big time attractor of termites so you should keep it away from your house. Stack it at least 20 feet away from your home. You should also consider storing firewood on a rack or platform. Termites found inside of firewood is not likely to infest your home but it provides a bridge that they can use to start moving onto your home. A few of them might take you up on this inviting offer.

Keep all of your Mulch Fresh

You’ll find a wide range of insects in old layers of wooden mulch because of the moisture that is created as it decomposes. The thicker the mulch, the more moisture it’s able to hold so you will find even more insects. This makes a wonderful home for termites and provides them access to your home. Always have a buffer zone between mulch and your home. This will keep moisture from making its way down into the foundation of your home.

Trip Foliage Around your Property

Termites are usually found inside of old, dead wood because it creates the most hospitable environment for them. However, some species of termites can be found in live trees so it’s important that you keep foliage trimmed in a way so that it cannot provide a bridge for termites to get into your home. Cut away branches and trees so that termites are not able to use them to enter your home.

Get Regular Termite Inspections

The absolute best way to avoid termites is to have a professional inspection done at least twice per year. Professional exterminators can lay out a plan of action to prevent termites and can treat any areas where there might be problems. Most importantly, they can identify potential infestations early so they can be treated before costing you thousands of dollars.