There are many types of pests that want inside your home, and while some of them are just annoying, some can destroy your home. Termites can cause major structural and aesthetic damage to your home, making it important to keep them at bay. If you want to prevent termites from overrunning your home, check out these three tips.
Keep Plants Away From the Home's Exterior
While it's nice to plant lots of beautiful flowers, bushes, and shrubs in your yard, planting them too close to your home's exterior can cause a real problem. Plants attract pests, including termites, because they are a possible source of food and/or shelter. Therefore, having lots of plants right outside your home doesn't just attract lots of pests to your yard, it attracts them close to your home. Once there, the foliage gives termites the perfect camouflage in which to hide while they find a way to invade the home. When possible, keep plants as far from the home as possible.
Avoid Storing Firewood Near the Home
Firewood can also attract termites, so you don't want to store it near the outside of your home. As with plants, it gives termites a home, food, and the time needed to make their way inside your home. It may be less convenient, but keeping it further away reduces your risk of infestation. Similarly, if you have rotting wood in your yard, such as a debris pile or old tree stump, it can attract pests. The closer the rotting wood is to the home, the more dangerous, but it's best to just toss any old wood and/or keep your debris container off the ground.
Prevent Moisture in the Crawlspace
Pests like termites love dark, moist environments like your crawlspace. Once inside, they can destroy the wooden beams supporting your home. One way to completely prevent moisture from entering your crawlspace is to encapsulate it. This will also help block pests. However, you'll also want to make sure your home has proper drainage to prevent water from accumulating in the crawlspace. For example, if your gutters are clogged, causing water to spill and pool around the foundation, it may seep into the crawlspace, providing the moisture termites want.
Termites aren't just annoying; they can destroy your home, costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs. These three tips will help keep out termites and other pests, but if you've already been invaded, it's time to contact a pest control specialist in your area today for a termite extermination.