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5 Things You Could Be Doing That Attract Termites
What attracts termites? Does mulch? Do pine cones? It's hard to prevent a home termite infestation if you don't know what draws them to your property.
Oftentimes, homeowners make a concerted effort to complete seasonal projects around the home to prevent pests from coming inside. However, some of these tasks may actually be doing more harm than good, especially when it comes to termites. Check out this slideshow to find out if you are attracting termites to your home.
Firewood & Woodpiles
Many homeowners keep firewood stacked against their home or on the stoop for easy access. However, doing so can draw termites toward the home and provide a point of entry. The NPMA recommends keeping firewood and woodpiles at least 20 feet away from the home and if possible, store wood raised at least 5 inches from the ground.
It’s no one’s favorite chore, but cleaning the gutters is also a necessary part of termite prevention. Termites are attracted to moisture and clogged gutters can cause water to pool and make insulation vulnerable to termites. Diverting rainwater away from the foundation with down-spout extenders and splash blocks will also prevent water from pooling and attracting termites.
Many people are guilty of leaving stumps and dead trees in their yard. However, any rotting wood material can serve as termite fuel and eventually result in termites entering the home.
Mulch is frequently used near the home and against the foundation. However, mulch can serve as a source of food for termites and also retains moisture, which attracts these destructive pests. Minimize the usage of wood mulch and keep it at least 15 inches from the foundation. Monitor existing mulch for any signs of termite activity, especially below the surface.
Tree limbs and leaves that come in contact with the roof and home exterior can provide a pathway for termites seeking a new colony location. Additionally, tree limbs that block sunlight can slow the evaporation of precipitation, encouraging moisture build-up.
Termites are a destructive pest that cannot be eradicated with do-it-yourself measures. In fact, termites lead to more than $5 billion in property damage each year. If you are concerned that you may have attracted a termite problem on your property, make sure you contact a licensed pest professional to conduct a thorough inspection.