Mosquitoes bite, bees sting and spiders creep us out; however, termites, and other wood eating insects, are the only pests that can truly bring our homes to the ground. If having a strong house and a roof over your head are in your list of values, you’re going to want to do everything in your power to keep termites out. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as you may think. Here are five easy ways to prevent a termite infestation in your house.
Keep Firewood Away From Your House
If you have a supply of firewood that you use to keep warm during the winter months, it’s crucial that you stack the wood at least 20 feet away from the side of your house. If the wood you use gets infested with termites, you may have a problem if it’s right next to your house’s foundation.
Improve Drainage and Reduce Moisture
Besides the cellulose found in wood, termites need water to survive. Therefore, make sure your downspouts are aimed away from your house and that A/C units and faucets are not dripping down its side.
Rake Mulch Away From Your Foundation
Mulch is a great way to keep gardens looking nice and healthy, but it also creates ideal conditions for termites. If you use mulch, rake it back at least four inches away from your house's foundation. Also, don’t let any mulch come into contact with siding or door frames.
Clip Back Tree Limbs and Overgrown Bushes
Many pests, termites included, use foliage as a bridge to get into our homes. To prevent them from using your own plants against you, clip any tree branches that touch your house or hang over its roof and trim overgrown bushes that may brush against your mortar.
Have Your House Inspected for Termites Periodically
Finally, because you can never be too careful when it comes to termites, try to have your house thoroughly inspected by professionals at least once a year. If you do have termites in your house, your chances of avoiding massive amounts of structural damage are best if you spot the problem and take care of it as soon as possible.
Once you have a termite infestation in your house, you’ll find that getting rid of them is not easy, however, making sure they’re never allowed in your house in the first place is. With just a few simple steps you can termite proof your house over the weekend. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us today.