This year, iPest Solutions and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) are working to spread public awareness about termites during Termite Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2019. With spring just around the corner, termites will begin swarming and could seek out your home for their new nesting space. To help you prevent a termite infestation, iPest Solutions is educating homeowners on three things they could be doing to attract termites.
The damage caused by termites typically goes unnoticed by homeowners until it has advanced too far, as most of their work happens behind the scenes and out of sight from the human eye. In fact, the NPMA estimates that termites cause $5 billion in damage every year. While termites can be difficult to control, homeowners could also be unaware of a few things they could be doing to attract these wood-destroying pests.
From not getting a guttering company to look at your home to using too much mulch, here are three unexpected ways that homeowners can actually make their homes more appealing to termites, according to NPMA:
- Storing firewood too close to property: Many homeowners keep firewood stacked against their home or on the stoop for easy access. This is appealing to termites and can draw them toward a home and provide a point of entry. Instead, store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground, for increased protection against termites and to also ensure your firewood stays in optimum burning condition, it might be worth looking into a firewood shed for storage. Also, be careful of leaving stumps and dead trees in the yard. Rotting wood material can serve as termite fuel and eventually result in termites entering the home.
- Clogged gutters: Cleaning the gutters is a necessary part of termite prevention, regardless of whether you have standard gutters. Termites love moisture and clogged gutters can cause water to pool and make insulation vulnerable to these wood-destroying pests. If your gutters are getting clogged more than you’d like to clean them out, look into gutter guard manufacturers.
- Mulch: Mulch is frequently used near the home and against the foundation and can serve as a source of food for termites. It also retains moisture, which attracts these destructive pests. Minimize the usage of wood mulch and keep it at least 15 inches from the foundation.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation, it is best to contact a licensed pest control expert as soon as possible to catch the damage before it gets worse. We recommend homeowners also have a termite inspection done every year.
For more information on termites, or to contact a licensed pest control expert, please visit www.wacopest.com