To termites, your home is one big snack. The wood used to frame your home and build your furniture is nothing more than a meal for termites. There is nothing you can do to change the fact that termites are attracted to the wood of your home. These pests are active throughout the United States and will continue to try and infest your home. In order to keep termites away, you must take proactive steps against them. There are some simple things you can do to make your home less attractive to termites. These efforts – along with occasional help from a termite professional – will help you protect your property from the damage that termites can cause.
Maintain your yard
Maintaining your yard is about more than aesthetics. It is nice to have a yard that looks great but keeping up with yardwork can also help in your fight against termites. Termites will feed off of any dead wood. This means that the limbs, branches, and dead trees in your yard are attractive to termites. Leaving these things lying around can increase the chances of termites making their way to your property and eventually into your house. You can make your home a little less attractive to termites by cleaning up your yard and removing any dead wood that is lying around. For dead or dying trees, you may need to bring in a professional for removal.
Fix issues around your house
There are some issues around your house that can cause it to look more attractive to termites. For example, Subterranean termite swarmers are attracted to homes that have moisture-rich soil. These termites need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to thrive. If there is an issue around your house that contributes to the moisture level in your soil, you are unintentionally making your property more attractive to termites. Take a look at your gutters and downspouts – do they drain properly? If water is not able to run off as it should during rain it will stand and eventually soak into the soil. Check for leaks under your house and around your outside air conditioning unit. Have the leaks fixed to ensure that the water is not able to continue building up in the soil.
Find a new place to store your firewood
Something as small as where you store your firewood can impact how attractive your home is to termites. Firewood should never be stored up against your house. Termites can already be in the wood without your knowledge and easily make their way into your property. In addition, a large stack of deadwood can make your home very attractive to termites. Firewood should be stored away from your house and off of the ground. You can purchase or make a rack for your firewood that will keep it off the ground and away from your house.
Taking steps to make your house less attractive to termites can help you avoid a termite infestation. The pros at TAPS Termite can help you in your efforts to protect your property for termites and have the expertise to quickly eradicate termites if they ever do become a problem.