1. Keep the soil around the foundation dry through proper grading and drainage, including maintenance of gutters and downspouts.
  2. Reduce openings that offer termites access to the structure; fill cracks in cement foundations as well as around where the utilities pass through the wall with cement, caulk, or grout.
  3. Ensure that trees and shrubs are not plants too close to the home and do not allow them to grow against exposed wood surfaces.
  4. Fix leaks immediately!
  5. Inspect periodically to help ensure that termite colonies do not become established.
  6. Do not pile or store wood debris next to your house.
  7. Keep vents free from blockage, including plants.