Termites are a concern of almost every homeowner, since these pests can cause irreparable damage to your house. The last thing you want to do is to invite these pests into your home. The key is to know the following mistakes that can lead to a termite infestation so that you can avoid them.
#1: Using too much mulch
Wood mulch can provide both moisture and a food source – everything a termite colony needs to consider moving in. Generally this isn't an issue when the mulch is spread out in garden beds far from your home's foundation. The problem occurs when you have wood mulch piled up in the border beds that are right against the home. It won't take much for the termites to spread from the mulch to your home's structure. Instead, use an alternative to wood mulch. Pine straw, for example, is attractive and long lasting. Also, make sure there is a gap of several inches between the mulch and the foundation of your home.
#2: Leaving dead wood nearby
Whether it's a fallen tree, an old stump, or your winter's wood supply, dead wood can provide a home for termites. Once they have availed themselves of the food source or outgrown it, they can then easily make the move into your home. Having stumps and fallen trees removed promptly can prevent a termite infestation. As for firewood, stack it in a woodshed far from your home. Make sure the wood is fully cured, as well, since termites prefer moisture and usually won't infest fully dry wood. As an extra precaution, only bring in as much wood as you plan to burn in a day.
#3: Ignoring your termite barrier
If you have a termite barrier, it is likely one of two types – a system of bait stations placed around the foundation or a band of liquid termicide applied around the perimeter of the foundation. It's important that you know which kind you have and that you keep it in mind whenever you are upgrading your home's exterior. For example, if you plant near the home, you need to know where the perimeter barrier is laid so you don't plant into it and give termites a way to access the home. It's also important to know where bait stations are located so you don't disturb them. Finally, if you extend your home, even by simply adding a deck, make sure you also extend your termite barrier.
For more help, contact a pest control specialist in your area.