There are several things you could be doing around your home to make it look more attractive to termites. There are different types of termite species, and some of these do not need to live in the ground to survive and can establish colonies in the wood they consume. Let’s take a look at some of the more common ways you might be attracting termites, how to avoid attracting termites, and what to do if you notice signs of termites.
Firewood Stacked Against the Home, Garage, or Shed
Termites are attracted to dry and damp decaying wood, including firewood. Never stack firewood against any structure. Rather, stack it far away from your structures and make sure it is elevated off the ground.
Tree Branches That Overhang the Roof and Gutters
Leaves and small branches can clog your gutters. This can cause the wood under your roof or any fascia on the home to become damp, start decaying, and attract termites. Trim tree branches back and clean out gutters a few times a year.
Using Wooden Mulch Around the Home or Other Structures
There is much debate about whether mulch can attract termites. Even though certain types are more resistant, you could inadvertently be creating the perfect environment under the mulch for new termite colonies near the home. It is better to use gravel, stone, or rubber “mulch” around the home instead.
Not Sealing Wooden Decking or Supports That Go Into the Ground
Wooden decking can attract termites if the wood is not treated nor sealed. It is best to set support posts into concrete so they are fully surrounded and no part of the wood is in contact with the dirt. You should also elevate decking off the ground. Get into the habit of sealing your deck annually to keep the wood protected from termites.
There Is No Moisture Barrier in Your Crawl Space
The bare ground under your home should have a plastic moisture barrier over it. This will help reduce the likelihood termites will establish colonies in the crawl space. It is also beneficial to cover the underside of the home with a moisture barrier.
Not Removing Dead Trees, Shrubs, Branches, and Leaves
Termites eat the cellulose found in wood-based materials, including dead leaves. Pick up dead branches and rake leaves. Remove dead trees and shrubs promptly before termites have time to establish a colony.
Identifying Termite Infestations
There are several things you can look for around your home that could indicate termite infestations, as follows:
- Cracked, bubbling, and peeling paint.
- Sawdust-like material next to the wood, walls, etc.
- Multiple small pin-size holes in wood.
- Discarded insect wings near wood and wooden structures.
- Mud-like tunnels running up the side of the home from the ground.
- Softness to wood that breaks easily or is hollow.
If you notice any of the above in or around your home, call MightyMite Termite Services at 408-377-3761 for a termite inspection now! Inspections are free and will provide you peace of mind because of using the best precautions to protect your home against termites.