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Things You May Be Doing That Could Be Attracting Termites

As a homeowner, your home is one of your biggest investments. You don’t want it completely destroyed by something as small as a termite, especially when you could prevent it.

To keep termites out, you must know what attracts them. Here are some things you may be doing that could attract termites. 

Woodpiles

Do you keep woodpiles stacked outside your home for easy access during the winter? You might also be giving termites easy access to your home. 

Wood is termites’ main food source, and having woodpiles close to your home puts it in danger of an infestation.

The NPMA recommends keeping firewood and woodpiles at least 20 feet away from your home. Otherwise, termites will migrate from the wood straight to your home. 

Mulch

Mulch is often used around the foundation of your home to enhance your landscaping. Mulch retains moisture for long periods of time, which is great for keeping your plants healthy but tends to draw termites straight to it. 

Consider replacing it with rubber mulch or pine straw instead. If you continue using mulch, keep it at least 15 inches away from the foundation of your home. 

Rotting Trees

If a tree falls in your backyard, do you have to clean it up? Unfortunately yes, because allowing dead trees to decay in your yard could attract termites. 

Fallen trees and their stumps act as a food source for termites and once they use up the rotting wood they’ll start searching for a new food source.

Clear your property of any dead trees and stumps or call a professional to have them removed to prevent your house from becoming the termites’ next stop.

Clogged Gutters

Everyone knows cleaning your gutters is a chore, but forgetting to regularly clean them causes leaves and other debris to build up. It collects moisture which can soften your roof and eventually cause it to rot. These soft spots attract termites and offer easy access to your home.

Clean and maintain your gutters regularly to prevent any buildups. Consider installing downspout extenders or splash blocks so that water doesn’t accumulate by the foundation of your home. 

Tree Limbs and Leaves

Are there any tree limbs that are touching your home? Tree limbs and leaves that come in contact with your roof and the exterior of your home provide a direct pathway from the ground to your home.

It’s an especially easy bridge for termites who are seeking a new location for their colony. Make sure your trees are trimmed on a regular basis to dissuade termites from migrating to your roof. 

Conclusion

Once termites are in your home, they can’t be eradicated with DIY measures. The most effective way to treat a termite infestation is by contacting a professional. Trust that the pest control specialists have all the right resources to remove these pests from your home and contact Venice Pest Control today!

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