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What are the 5 things about termites that you need to know?
There’s no question about the fact that termites aren’t too fond of termite control. It kills them, keeps them from growing, and shoos them away from any potential place they could call home.
However, sometimes people also do things that actually invite termites into their homes instead!
So in this article, we’ll let you know of a few secrets that only termite control professionals know!
We hate to break it to you, but termites love trees and shrubs planted against a home’s foundation. That’s because their branches can serve as access points to your home, thus allowing them an easy way to infiltrate your walls.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have pretty shrubs and trees in your home though. I mean, not only do they provide a lovely view from out your window, but they also surround your home with nice, fresh air.
You just have to be careful when planting them and when maintaining them in the future. Make sure to check for colonies regularly and don’t disturb whatever pest control measures you already have when digging.
Termites love calling large chunks of abandoned wood home. Of course, these can only be acquired if you, the homeowner, leave them lying around after a session of pruning! That said, always clean up after doing a bit of gardening, and ensure that you don’t leave any substantial pieces of material behind. Better yet, make sure you don’t leave any behind!
That’s not to say that you have to clean up instantly after gardening. You can clean up a little later, just make sure that the material you’ll leave won’t be there for so long that they start to rot. That. Especially, will draw termites and other unwanted pests onto the grounds of your home.
As mentioned above, termites love people who are untidy. Hence, they won’t ever stop you from leaving your gutters clogged and with built up moisture after a rainy day. While not a huge problem all on its own, this could lead to a larger problem later on when it leads to drainage clogging and subsequently, stagnant pools of shallow water.
Luckily, this problem is easy remedied. You can simply take the water away by using equipment such as a downspout extender. That way, you can efficiently keep water from pooling up, thus keeping pests at bay.
Surprise, surprise! Those mud tubes are used by termites (subterranean termites, in particular) in order to travel from their ground nest to your home. They build it themselves in order to get that wood just above the ground and feed on it. Typically, it appears in the form of a covered pathway that protects all termites, especially those soft-bodied ones from possible threats of predators.
One way to get rid of them is to call for termite control. Otherwise, you may be able to find a handful of worker and soldier termites if the mud tubes are still active and is in use.
First off, mulch is any sort of material used to lay or spread over a surface of the soil in order to cover it. These may include bark, grass clippings, leaves, straw, and newspapers. It’s no doubt that these things can create an attractive view of your porch or yard. However, it’s also important to note that this can feed the termites given that it retains moisture on foggy and rainy days. Furthermore, it can also attract varying pests.
So how to avoid pest infestation? Reduce the amount of wood you use to create mulch, and avoid putting it against your home’s foundation. Also, keep those mulch monitored for any termite activity.
There you go! With these termite secrets, you’ll definitely be able to prevent them from coming and infesting your home. Don’t tell them we told you.