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3 Mistakes That May Attract Termites to Your Home

Termites may be small, but they can make a big impact on your home and finances. In fact, termites are responsible for billions of dollars in structural damage each year. Because of this expense, protecting your home from these small pests is imperative. Unfortunately, many homeowners believe keeping their home's interior clean and tidy is sufficient for controlling and preventing pests. However, certain tasks and things you do may actually be attracting termites to your house.

To protect your home and reduce your risk of costly treatments and repairs, avoiding a few common mistakes is key. This guide and your pest professional's assistance will protect your home from termites.

1. Improper Wood Storage

Once they infest your house, termites will enjoy a large buffet of wood and other materials. While this may be surprising to learn, a termite colony can consume an estimated 5 kilograms of wood in one month. They can eat through your home rather quickly.

If you store wood too close to your home, you have a greater risk of termites infesting your house. Therefore, you need to make sure you store all wood properly away from the home. This will make your house less appealing to termites.

If you have firewood or lumber that you will use for future projects, make sure to move it into a covered area at least 30 feet away from your actual house. If termites, and other pests, infest this wood, you can worry less about the pests invading and damaging your home.

Make sure the storage area will keep the wood dry as well. Consider building a covered shelter or constructing an actual shed or barn that you can use for storing firewood and lumber.

2. Improper Landscaping

Landscaping is an important part of your home's look and value, but landscaping can also be a common problem that attracts pests.

In regards to termite prevention, focus on the mulch around your home's exterior. Since it is primarily made out of wood, shredded or chunky pieces of mulch are appealing to termites. Not only will they feed on this mulch, but they may also use this wooded, dark, and moist area to create nests.

Over time, the termites will eat through the mulch, making their way into your home's foundation. To create a termite-free barrier, create a 1-foot or more barrier that is free of mulch around the foundation. 

Trimming the trees around your home is also important, since termites may be living and feeding on these trees. Termites may eventually move from the trees to your roof, infesting and feeding on your roofing shingles and other areas of your home.

For the best protection, prune off any foliage or limbs that touch or are too close to your roof.

3. Improper Gutter Cleaning

Lastly, controlling moisture around your home is also important for preventing termites and other pests. 

Termites require moisture in their diet, but they also use moisture for creating mud tubes. Termites create these long tubes so the termites can move from their nests to their actual food source.

One of the easiest ways to prevent moisture from your roof and around your foundation is through an effective gutter system. Make sure to clean your gutters and downspouts regularly, removing any leaves, pine needles, pine cones, dirt, and other debris to ensure water frees off your roof and away from the home's foundation.

Maintaining a clean, tidy home is helpful for preventing pests, but you may need to do other tasks to reduce the risk of termites. By avoiding these mistakes and contacting Area-Wide Exterminators, you can prevent termites from infesting your home.