Landscaping Tips to Prevent Termites◀ Back To Blog
May 19, 2014
Termites cost homeowners in the United States more than $5 billion in property damage each year. Many homeowners’ insurance plans will not cover any of the costs associated with termite damage. With that said, it’s easy to see that having no termite protection in place can lead to big problems, according to PCT Magazine.
There are several factors that attract termites to homes, and unfortunately, every home, regardless of construction type, provides these things: food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperatures. Here are a few landscaping tips help prevent termites.
Remove Food Sources.
Termites eat cellulose, the main ingredient in plant matter. This means that any wood materials found around the home and yard can serve as a food source and attractant for termites.
- Remove rotting stumps, dead trees and roots, and other wood debris in the yard.
- Move firewood and woodpiles at least 20 feet away from the home and store off the ground, if possible. When stacked against the foundation, firewood and lumber offer hidden entry points into the home and may allow termites to bypass a protective soil treatment.
- Keep wood mulch to a minimum and avoid using it near the foundation of the home. Mulch not only serves as a source of food, but also retains moisture, which is conducive to termite activity. If mulch is used, keep the level of the mulch several inches below the siding and wooden parts of the home’s structure. Consider replacing mulch with gravel.
- Avoid planting any vegetation near to the home, including groundcover. If possible, keep vegetation 3 to 4 feet away from the exterior of the home.
Termites are dependent on moisture to survive and they thrive when given access to areas with excessive moisture. As a result, it’s important to ensure that there is proper drainage around the home to avoid water accumulation.
- Homeowners should immediately repair leaking water pipes, faucets and air-conditioning units.
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch.
- Make sure there is no standing water on the roof.
- Grade soil away from the foundation of the home.
- Divert rainwater away from the foundation by installing down-spout extenders and splash blocks and maintaining clean gutters and downspouts.
- Divert lawn sprinklers and irrigation water away from the foundation.
Landscaping can go a long way in reducing a homeowner’s risk of termite infestation. Keep an eye out for signs of termites in and around your home, investing in a termite inspection each year it a great idea too. Our termite programs always begin with a thorough interior and exterior inspection of your home for signs of termites and areas conducive to termite activity. Our termite service consists of monitoring stations around the perimeter of your home to get rid of termites. For more information or to schedule a FREE peace of mind termite inspection for your home, contact us or call us at 518.373.2847.