How To Keep Termites Out Of Your Home
In addition to working with a pest control company specializing in termite control to help you monitor for termites and eradicate them when they're detected, there are some things you can do to discourage them from coming on your property and into your home. You may be creating havens for termites to nest in and not even know it. Once they are established in your yard, it's a short trip for them to attack your home. Here are some of the things you can do to decrease the risk of this happening.
Remove Dead Wood
Dead or decaying wood attracts termites. Therefore, you should try to keep the land surrounding your home free from brush piles and fallen limbs. In addition, if you have a tree cut down, it's a good idea to go ahead and remove or grind the stump so it doesn't attract termites while it is decaying. If you have an unhealthy tree with dying branches, you should cut the damaged parts of the tree away or cut down the tree entirely. Also, remember that firewood is dead wood. Although it is convenient to leave it stacked near your house, you should move your pile as far from your home as you can, so if it attracts termites, they won't have an easy time getting to your house.
Repair Wet Wood
Termites also like wet wood. For that reason, you want to repair water leaks quickly so the wood doesn't have time to become saturated with water. If you have an old shed with a leaky roof, it could become a magnet for termites. Also, any outbuildings with plumbing should be checked regularly to make sure there are no leaks under sinks. In addition, if there is a water leak of any kind, including a tiny drip from a pipe in your home, you should repair it as soon as you can. If the wood can't be dried out completely and restored, you should probably replace it with new wood, so termites aren't tempted to come inside your home.
Keep Up With Property Maintenance
Another thing you can do to keep from attracting termites is to maintain your home and land properly. This involves cleaning out your gutters and making sure water drains away from your foundation. This keeps moisture from building up near your house. Also, keep bushes and limbs trimmed so no wood touches your house. If you let wood rest against your home, it creates a highway for termites to enter your house. By keeping plants and mulch a few feet from your foundation, a termite infestation will be easier to spot since the bugs will have to build mud tunnels from the ground to your house to travel through.
Doing all these things reduces your risk of getting a termite infestation, but you can't control what your neighbors do on their properties. Your next door neighbor may have a huge nest of termites in the yard, and the bugs may cross onto your property. For that reason, you don't want to assume you have termites under control. A pest professional will set up monitoring stations that alert you to their presence on your property, so you can place out poison bait or use pesticides to get rid of them before they gain a foothold in your home.