Termites could be in your backyard
At this time of the year many homeowners are preparing the exterior of their homes for the summer season. Yes, spring is in the air! While is an exciting time for homeowners, it is important not to introduce conducive conditions that will attract termites to your property. Here are some tips you should consider so that termites and other wood destroying insects are not attracted to the foundation of your home.
1. If you are applying mulch to your lawn, it should not be spread next to the foundation walls. Wood mulch traps moisture and because termites like moist environments, this is an invitation for termites to enter your home. It is best to use pea gravel or a rubber mulch next to your foundation walls.
2. If you are planning on planting a raised ornamental or vegetable garden bed, it is best not to use railway ties or any cellulose material as the border for this garden. Overtime the wood will deteriorate and be vulnerable to many wood destroying insects including termites. When planting a raised bed garden, Aetna recommends the border be built with a masonry or non-cellulose product.
3. Walk around your property and look for any wood, logs, tree stumps and eliminate them. They will only attract wood destroying insects.
4. Make sure you direct water away from your house. You can do this by using properly functioning downspouts, splash blocks and gutters. Additionally, ensure that you repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and AC units.
Why do termites eat wood?
Termites eat wood because it is made of cellulose. They will eat anything that is made of cellulose. Once they find a source of cellulose for their colony, they will establish themselves near their food source.
Walk around your property and look for any wood, logs, tree stumps and eliminate them. They will only attract wood destroying insects. Preventative maintenance is the best way to lower your chances of a termite infestation.