Termites are an old home’s worst enemy. Unlike most insects that make their way into your home, termites have the ability to make gross amounts of physical damage. In fact, termites can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home’s skeletal structure. To make matters worse, termite infestations are difficult to catch. They are an elusive foe, going undetected until there are tens of thousands eating away at your home. If you have termites, you will need a professional to eliminate the pest. If you don’t, here are a few tips you can use to keep your home termite-free.
- Keep soil dry and remove excess moisture from around your home
Termites travel faster and require moisture in order to thrive. If the soil around your home is often moist, it increases your chances of having termites. Cover the soil under and immediately around the house by covering it with plastic. This will help dry out the soil and prevent termites from coming near your home.
- Keep mulch and wood debris away from the foundation
Again, moist soil and wood are perfect living environments for termites. If you’re doing some planting or gardening around your lawn, make sure to keep mulch away from your home. Termites will be attracted to the mulch, but even more so to your home!
- Bushes and branches should be away from the house
Although termites prefer living in soil, they will travel to plants and bushes for moisture and wood. If these plants are touching your home, termites may use the plant’s branches to reach your home. Be careful here, and make sure your home’s wood coverings are away from any immediate plants or soil.
- Remove infested trees, and stumps
These are just breeding grounds for termites to grow and populate in. If there are any dead trees or stumps near your home, make it a priority to remove them.
- Keep firewood and lumber away from the house
Much like the last point, you’ll want to keep old wood away from your home. Wood is a termite’s feeding source. Any wood scraps, lumber, or firewood near your house may attract them.
- Keep Gutters clean and clear
Clogged gutters mean collected and stagnant water. Not only will you be attracting other pests like mosquitoes and spiders, you will be attracting termites. Make sure to clean your gutters and clear any clogged leaves to prevent water and moisture from collecting around your home.
According to one source, termites are extremely proficient in terms of gaining access to homes. Sometimes, they’re arrival is inevitable. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take preventive measures regardless. If termites make their way into your home, don’t worry, professionals will be there to help.
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