Consumer Tips

By eliminating attractive feeding and nesting conditions, pests and termites are much less likely to infest your home or business. Here are a few tips from Tennessee based Sherrill Pest Control to help keep termites and some other pests out of your home or business.

Some Termite Prevention Tips

  • Repair water leaks and moisture problems. Water damaged walls, leaks in roofs, attics, bathrooms and sink areas create favorable conditions for termites to flourish.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Keep gutters free flowing to avoid clogs which may eventually lead to water damage.
  • Drain water away from exterior walls and foundation. Make sure drain spouts and air conditioner drainage lines flow away from the home. Use splash blocks to prevent soil erosion around the foundation.
  • Keep shrubs, trees and wood mulch away from the foundation. Shrubs, trees and mulch provide shelter and moisture, which attract termites. Prune trees and shrubs away from exterior walls and make sure mulch is no closer than six inches from the foundation.
  • Monitor irrigation systems. Ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from the foundation, walls, etc.
  • Keep stucco and wood or vinyl siding above the finished soil level. Make sure there is at least a six-inch clearance; otherwise termites have easy access into your home.

Some Pest Prevention Tips

Indoor Tips:

  • Check for plumbing leaks and seal gaps around pipes. Do this everywhere, but especially behind cabinets. Water shouldn’t be allowed to accumulate anywhere in or around your home.
  • Check grout around bathtubs and toilets. A good caulk seal assures that even the smallest insects can’t enter.
  • Clear your attic of clutter. Clearing out clutter and sealing cardboard boxes prevents insects from nesting inside.
  • Store food in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator. This cuts off potential food sources for pests.
  • Don’t leave pet food or water out overnight. This eliminates a possible food source when pest activity typically increases.

Outdoor Tips:

  • Outside doors must be well-sealed. If light can be seen around or under a door, then insects can gain access inside your home.
  • Repair torn screens. Screens are a prime entry point for pests.
  • Seal around soffits and gable vents. This keeps rodents and insects from getting inside the roof or attic areas.
  • Seal around conduits and piping where it enters the structure. Many insects and rodents follow power lines or climb conduits and pipes to get inside your home.
  • Check gutter drains to ensure water is kept away from your home. This helps discourage moisture build-up adjacent to your home.
  • Remove excess leaves from the roof and rain gutters. This keeps ants and other insects from breeding under the build-up.
  • Caulk all cracks and crevices. Check and seal under window frames and around pipes entering the side of your home to keep insects from entering.
  • Keep trash cans clean and lids sealed. This keeps ants, roaches and flies from feeding and breeding in the trash.
  • Prune excess vegetation away from your home. Pay special attention to eaves and the roof.
  • Remove wood debris and keep woodpiles away from your home’s foundation. This helps prevent rodent nesting or insect colonization next to your home.
  • Ensure your irrigation system is functioning properly. Make sure water doesn’t accumulate near the foundation or spray onto your home.
  • Guide air conditioner drip line away from the foundation. Extend the piping at least 2 feet.