Termites and carpenter ants are a homeowner’s nightmare–and for good reason. Each year these little pests create an estimated $5 billion in property damage. Here’s how to protect your home against these wood-destroying insects.

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), there are several things you can do to prevent an infestation:

  • Keep your basement, attic, and any crawl spaces dry and properly ventilated.
  • Repair leaky faucets, pipes and AC units.
  • Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Direct water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
  • Remove rotting tree stumps from the property.
  • Homeowners should have a termite inspection completed every one to three years. Homes with previous termite infestations should be re-inspected every year.

For more information about ways you can protect your home from wood damage, you can read the NPMA’s full article here.

If you live in the Chicagoland area and need professional assistance to repair your home’s fascia, soffits, rotted roof shingles, or gutters and downspouts, the home improvement experts at Baltic Home Improvements can help you inspect and repair or replace your roofing, siding, and gutters. Contact us today for a free estimate.