What Attracts Termites To Your Home and How To Stop Attracting Them!
Does anyone really want to have termites in their home? Of course not! But homeowners could unwittingly do things that attract those pests. Termites are always hungry and they can work on building their colonies 24 hours a day. They’re hard to detect, at first, because they are so small, but they are something no homeowner wants to have. Here are some things you might be doing around your house that attract these tiny bugs that can cost huge repair expenses in your home.
Having Stacks Of Wood Around Attracts Termites
It’s nice to have firewood piled up if you have a wood-burning fireplace, but wood is the main food source for termites, and having it laying around can bring them in, and invite them to continue their feast on your home. When it’s cold, you want the wood close by, but it’s best to keep it at least 20 feet away from the house and keep it elevated from the ground to reduce risks as much as possible.
Dead Tree Stumps Attract Termites
Tree stumps aren’t hurting anything sticking around your wood, right? Well, possibly not. Decaying wood is a great treat for a termite and having the tree stump around invites the bugs to make a home nearby. They might just move into your home as well. It’s best to get those tree stumps and other deadwood removed from your yard as soon as you can.
Clogged Up Gutters Attract Termites
Your gutters can become filled with leaves and that will create a nice, moist spot for termites to thrive. If your gutters have been ignored for too long, you are inviting the bugs into your home to stay. Taking care of the gutters regularly, like every season, is a good way to prevent termites from having a feast.
Mulching The Garden Attracts Termites
While it’s nice to keep the soil in good condition and promote the growth of landscaping, mulch retains a lot of moisture and it’s made from wood. While mulch close to the house can draw the bugs in and keep them coming toward your house, if you place the garden a good distance from the house, it should be okay to use mulch.
If you suspect that termites might become an issue in your home, perhaps because you have been guilty of some of the above things for too long, you will want to check your home over from top to bottom. The attic is often framed with wood and a great place for termites to live and feast, undisturbed. You will also want to check your deck if you have wood that is not pressure treated. It’s a great location for termites and they really like the support beams.
You’ll also want to look at the yard and see what’s going on within woodpiles or mulch around the yard. Those are secret hiding places and a good place for termites to start out.
If you are concerned about termites, or if you just want to have a termite inspection to be certain that you are safe, Pest-Away Exterminators Inc. is here to help you assess any termite situation you might have. We can let you know what’s going on and then give you an estimate as to how much treatment will cost to get your house back to a termite-free zone.Tags: colonies, mulch, pests