The acquisition of a home is unquestionably the largest purchase most people will make in their lifetime, and protecting your home from termites is an important and often overlooked aspect of retaining home value. In most instances there are a number of self-help measures that a homeowner can enlist to reduce risk resulting from termite damage, and they all start with the implementation of a little common sense.
Termites like moist climates and the perfect location to infest your home is outside where wooden building materials are exposed near the ground. A prudent move is to eliminate all sources of moisture near your home, and a good place to start is by ensuring that roof gutter drainage systems deposit water from away from the structure. Next, make certain that shrubs and mulch are no closer than 8 to 10 feet from the house. It is also important that good air circulation is present around the base of the structure to ensure that water evaporation is promoted.
Sprinkling a foot wide path of diatomaceous earth around the exterior of the house works very well in eliminating termites, as it has razor sharp microscopic edges that cut termites to pieces when they attempt to cross it and they die shortly thereafter.
In any instance it is a good idea to have your home checked annually by a professional exterminator for signs of termite infestation. The money is well-spent and can diagnose larger pest issues that cannot be seen by the naked eye.