3 Ways to Make Your Home Inhospitable to Termites
No homeowner wants to make their home the next all-you-can-eat buffet for termites. These little creatures do billions of dollars in damage to property every single year, and you want your home to be last on the list. Here are a few tips that can help you protect your home.
- Control Moisture Problems: Termites love nothing more than moist conditions, so if you have a moisture problem near your foundation or even in your crawl space, you’re more likely to have a termite problem as well. If you can, divert your moisture away from your foundation with the help of proper guttering. Use downspouts to help, too. If you experience a leak somewhere, have it repaired immediately. If you’re having drainage problems, make certain you consult an expert for help. You may also want to install additional vents in your crawl space area to keep air moving through as much as possible.
- Dump the Mulch: Mulch may look nice, but it can hold moisture in, which attracts termite colonies. This is particularly bad when you place it against your house, as you’re just setting up a situation where termites nest in the mulch, then munch on your house, too. If you can avoid it, don’t even bother with mulch.
- Keep Your Yard Clean: Yard waste is as big of an attraction for termites as many other things, so keep your yard clean, well-trimmed, and well mowed. If you have dead stumps in the yard, remove them immediately. Don’t ever stack piles of yard waste near your home, either, as they can serve as a good base of operations for termites.
The single best thing you can do to make your home inhospitable to termites is to call us. We can help evaluate any potential problem situations before they become an issue and install a monitoring system that will help us keep an eye on termite situations now and well into the future. To learn more, give us a call today.