If not already there, install tight-fitting wire screens for all attic, roof and crawl space vents, in order to prevent entry of birds, bats, squirrels, rodents, and other wildlife.
Routine Care Task
Inspect, clean, and treat areas that are prone to pests
Cleaning the areas subject to pests will help prevent infestation.
Inspection allows early detection which can prevent costly damage from spreading.
Timing: Every 6 months: May, November (yearly)
Treat soil around foundation for termites (if needed)
Destruction caused by termites is hidden from view and may take place slowly over a long period of time, but can be devastatingly costly if not prevented.
Timing: March (yearly)
Since termites must return to the soil at least once a day, the most effective method of attack is to poison the soil around the foundation of the house or building with special termite insecticides (e.g. chlordane, heptachlor, etc.)
Treating the soil around the foundation requires excavation and the handling of dangerous chemicals. It is best advised to contact a trained professional exterminator. To ensure complete protection, a 30 inch deep trench must be dug around the entire foundation. Part of the poison is poured into this trench, while the balance is mixed with the soil as it is replaced.
Many homes and buildings have concrete slab floors (porches, patios, and garage) laid on the ground right next to the foundation walls. Termites often come up through the soil under these slabs and work their way inside through cracks or open points where the slab meets the wall. The only way to poison the soil under these slabs is to chop holes through the concrete floor, then pour or pump the insecticide solution through.
Again, it is best to hire a trained professional exterminator for this kind of work.
Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs
Health & Safety
The benefits of this task are very very high. Termites can do serious damage to the structure of a home, and the sooner you can stop them, the better.
The cost of this task is relatively high, and it is a task for trained professional.
Originally posted at http://www.petermuehlbronner.home-wizard.com/idea/PC_10