Most people understand that there are certain things that can attract pests like ants and cockroaches into their home. One of the main factors that attract both ants and cockroaches is food. Understanding this allows you to take steps – such as ensuring that the trash is taken out before it overflows – to keep from attracting these pests to your home. Termites are a different type of pest altogether because they are not drawn into your house by the sticky spill you forgot about under the table. They prefer to eat away at the wood of your home instead. Termites are a lot different from many other types of pests but there are still ways that you may be attracting them to your home.
Ignoring water issues around your house
Ignoring water issues around your house can make you much more likely to develop a termite infestation. Subterranean termites need to be near moisture rich soil in order to survive. If the soil under and around your home is holding a lot of moisture because of water issues then it can attract termites. Swarmers are a type of winged termite that leaves their colony in search of a place to establish a new colony. They look for conditions that are favorable for their survival and establish their colony accordingly. If you ignore the damaged downspout or leaky air conditioning unit you could be making your home look like a great option for a new termite colony.
Storing firewood near your home
Storing firewood near your home can lead to a termite infestation. It makes sense to have a stack of firewood up next to your house for easy access any time you want to get the fire going. The problem is that termites like to infest decaying wood and are often found in firewood. Storing the wood near your house can make it easy for the termites to spread from the firewood to the structural wood of your home. It is less convenient to store your firewood away from the house but it can help protect your home from a termite infestation.
Skipping out on professional termite inspections
Skipping out on professional termite inspections leaves your home vulnerable to an infestation. A professional inspection can provide you with information about your home’s risk for termites. The inspector can talk to you about the level of termite activity in the area and point out home maintenance issues that may attract termites. And, if you ever do develop an infestation the inspection report will provide you with treatment recommendations so you can eradicate the termites as quickly as possible.
Preventing yourself from attracting termites into your home takes much less effort than preventing pests like ants and roaches. You do not have to put forth daily effort to keep termites out. A few proactive steps now can prevent you from attracting termites to your home for a long period of time. You can stop attracting termites by inspecting it for water issues and making repairs, finding somewhere to store firewood away from the house, and getting professional termite inspections when needed/recommended. The three steps will go a long way toward protecting your home from these harmful pests.