Termites are highly destructive pests that can eat through the wood and undermine the integrity of your home. By the time you notice signs of termites, they may have already done thousands of dollars of damage to your home. That is why it is important to be proactive about taking steps to create a termite free home. Here are some simple tips you can follow to make your home less attractive to termites.
Eliminate Standing Water and Fix Leaks
Termites need water to survive, so if they can find a large or consistent source of water, they are more likely to set up shop. If you have been ignoring small leaks under your sink or in the shower, you could be sending an invitation to termites.
You also want to make sure that any standing water in the yard and next to the house is removed. This may require adjusting the grade of the landscape next to your foundation so that water runs away from the home. Eliminating water sources will make your home less attractive to all sorts of insects, including termites.
Trim Brush Close to the House
Not only do plants help to create shade and trap moisture, they also provide a convenient path for termites to cross over into your home. Be sure to keep bushes, shrubs and trees trimmed back away from the house and don’t allow them to become overgrown.
Seal Cracks and Holes
Termites can enter your home through cracks in the walls, gaps in windows and doors and other tiny entry points. Take the time to fill any cracks with a caulk sealant and make it as difficult as possible for termites to find a way into your home.
Relocate Wood Piles
If you have a wood pile for indoor or outdoor fires, the last thing you want to do it place the pile close to your home. The pile of moist wood is the ideal place to termites and you don’t want to have them hiding right next to your home. Be sure to place any wood piles a reasonable distance from your home even if it means that you have to put some extra effort into hauling logs inside.
Get Rid of Wood Mulch
Wood mulch is a popular landscaping material, but it is also provides a perfect breeding ground for termites. Get rid of your existing wood mulch and consider replacing it with less pest-friendly alternatives. Pebbles and rocks are a great choice because they help improve drainage and reduce moisture while also repelling insects. Rubber mulch is another option that is low maintenance and will help keep your yard dry and free of weeds.
The best way to protect your home from termites is to work with an experienced pest control company to schedule regular inspections and treatments. This will allow you to detect infestations early on and take action before there is a chance for these pests to do serious damage.
If you would like to learn more steps you can take to keep your home termite free or if you would like to schedule a consultation, contact Pest Management Systems, Inc. today.