WHAT IS A WOOD DESTROYING INSECT?
We will examine the following components of the home where accessible and safe to do so:
Keep your gutters clean and make sure that all downspouts and sump pump drain discharge at least 4' from homes, decks, and porches. Wood Destroying Insects are often attracted to water accumulation and rotted wood.
Ensure that the grading around your home pitches away from the structure.
Ensure that there is no contact between siding (including vinyl, wood, and cement siding) or wood trim materials and grade (including dirt and mulch). At least a 4" gap should exist between siding/trim materials and grade. The home's foundation material should be readily visible around the home's perimeter.
Keep trees and bushes trimmed well away from the home. At least 24" is best at siding/trim and at least 5' from roofs. These should also not grow up the side of your home or on a trellis adjacent to your home. These trees and bushes can provide a direct path between the ground and your home for insects to travel.
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