How to Protect Wood Baseboards from Termites

  • 4-12 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-200
What You'll Need
Plumbing supplies
Polyurethane foam repair kit
Hedge clippers
What You'll Need
Plumbing supplies
Polyurethane foam repair kit
Hedge clippers

Nothing can destroy a wood baseboard faster then termites. By keeping the areas around and in your house dry and free of debris, you can help prevent termites from infesting your flooring.

Step 1 - Inspect Your Home

Termites, like other living creatures, need water to live. Make sure that your home is leak free both indoors and outdoors. Inspect your property using a plan of the structure to ensure consistent monitoring and keep records to track any insect damage.

Step 2 - Seal Cracks

Use the polyurethane kits to seal the cracks in your home's foundation. This prevents termites from entering your home. Larger cracks may need a professional to fix.

Step 3 - Clean Up the Outside

Prune your hedges and bushes back so they do not touch the side of your house. Clear away dead branches and other sources of wood that could attract termites.

Check under your porch, deck or crawl space for any rotting wood.

Also limit the amount of mulch that you use right up against your house. Large amounts of mulch, especially in areas that touch your house, are extremely inviting to termites, especially because mulch holds large amounts of water.

When you plant flowers and other bushes and plants, place them a little ways off the wood of the house.

Leave approximately two inches of clearance between the wood house wall and flower boxes or porches in contact with the ground or filled with soil.

If possible, avoid having wood touch the soil. Items such as trellises, stair cases and fences are common example. If you can, put them up on concrete blocks or cement footings. If this is not feasible, use treated wood.

You can also put car oil in a thick plastic bag, place that bad in the lowest part of the wood post, close it up and put that post into the solid. The concept is to build a termite-proof barrier.

Step 4 - Repaint

Give your home a new coat of paint. Dry wood termites, a type of termite typically found in drier wood, will not be able to get into your home as easy. Also consider repainting your baseboards as well.

Step 5 - Treat the Inside of Your Home Naturally

You can brush an all weather wood sealer on any wood may be exposed to moisture. Another common technique is to dissolve boric acid in water and "paint" it onto wood surfaces.

Using citrus wipes along your wooden baseboards has also been known to help prevent termites from invading your home

Step 6- Consider Hiring a Professional

Prevention and early detection are key to limiting the amount of damage that termites will cause. Waiting too long can end up costing you thousands of dollars in damages. Damages that are not typically covered by insurance.

Hire a pest control specialist to treat the outside of your home. This will prevent the termites from getting in. These are typically treatments that are done annually in two treatments.