Actions That May Be Inviting Termites In
It’s pest season here in the North Bay and East Bay Area, and no pest is more of a threat than the termite. Damage caused by termites often goes unnoticed, as they can be tricky to spot until you have a serious infestation. For that reason, it’s important to do everything you can to prevent a termite problem from starting in the first place. In order to succeed, it’s crucial to know the things and actions that may be inviting termites inside in the first place! Keep reading for tips and expert info from The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control on keeping termites away from your property.
What Things Are Attracting Termites to Your Yard?
- Firewood or wood piles: Many homeowners keep firewood stacked against their home or on the stoop for easy access. This is appealing to termites and can draw them toward a home and provide a point of entry. To avoid this, always store wood piles at least 20 feet away from the house, and 5 inches off the ground. Also avoid leaving stumps or logs in the yard, especially those that are in decay.
- Clogged drains and improper drainage: Moisture problems will attract subterranean termites, the most destructive species nationwide. Ensure you do not have any clogged gutters. Divert rainwater away from the foundation of your property with down-spout extenders.
- Mulch: Any mulch near your property could serve as a source of food for termites. Mulch retains moisture, which attracts termites. Try to minimize the usage of mulch or at least keep it 15 inches away from the foundation of your home or property.
- Wood in contact with soil: If you have a deck or porch in contact with soil, it’s important to be especially careful about the possibility of termites. Subterranean termites need contact with the moist soil to survive.
Keeping Termites Out of Your Yard
It’s important to know how to check for termites. There are a few things you can do to prevent termites. Always stay on top of home repairs: fix any damaged roofing, and seal any cracks or crevices in your property. Keep your garden neat, trim back trees and bushes away from the foundation of your home, and regularly inspect any outdoor furniture, porches, or decks. That said, the number one way you can prevent a termite problem is to work with a professional pest control company.
Need Termite Control?
At The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control, we understand that termite problems are distressing for homeowners. We provide regular inspections, preventative treatments, and the industry’s best treatments to keep termites away from your property year-round. For more information on termite prevention or control, contact our team!