New England yards are a haven for termites. Wood piles, mulch, and even trees and bushes attract these voracious and destructive pests to the yard. From there, the path to your house is quick and simple. Here are few things you can look at to get a handle on termite control
Where is your wood pile?
Fireplaces and wood burning stoves are popular and sometimes necessary attributes of the New England home. As colder months loom, many New Englanders are stocking backyard wood piles to ensure enough fuel for cozy wood fires.
Stocking wood close to the house may seem like a good idea, especially in the dead of winter, but any wood – firewood, unused lumber, or wood scraps – attract termites. While it means a cold trek out to fetch more firewood, storing the wood pile at least 20 feet from your home can keep termites from finding their way into your house. The National Pest Management Association also recommends keeping the wood at least 5 inches off the ground, which can be done using concrete slabs or heavy-duty metal stands.
Munching on mulch
Wood mulch is commonly used as a weed deterrent in garden beds and around trees and bushes. Unfortunately, it also offers termites the food and water they need to live, making it an ideal home for the pests.
You don’t have to remove wood mulch entirely from your yard; just keep it at least 15 inches from building foundations and routinely check for termite activity. Alternately, use a rubber mulch, which won’t attract termites. These increasingly popular mulches can be found in home improvement and gardening centers.
The tree and bush road to the home
Termites don’t just live in dead wood; they inhabit trees and bushes on your property. Trees and bushes touching the roof or sides of your house can offer termites easy access to your home. Overgrown tree limbs and bushes can also block sunlight, slowing evaporation and building up the moisture that termites need to thrive.
Keep trees, bushes, and other heavy growth around your home trimmed to remove these termite roads to your home.
Clean the gutters
Fall in New England is a tourist attraction, but it can create a termite attraction as well. As leaves drop into the gutters and clog them, it causes rainwater to puddle up. The plant matter and moisture provide termites with an ideal environment right outside your home, and offers them easy access to insulation and to your house.
Keep rainwater flowing freely through the gutters – and away from your house – by keeping them clean and free of debris.
Home inspections help
Even if keep your gutters clean, switch to rubber mulch, trim your trees and bushes, and move your woodpile far from any building on your property, termites can still find their way into your home and do significant damage. An annual termite inspection done by an exterminator can catch signs of termites and treat them early, before damage is done. These pest control professionals can also help identify any potential troubles spots in your yard and around your home and offer advice on how to keep termites away.
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