3 Actions That Attract Termites
Summertime in New Mexico means pests are abound! None is more dangerous than the termite, which is responsible for billions of dollars of damage to homeowners across the nation each year. The frightening thing about termites is that their activity can go unnoticed for some time, which is why infestations often aren’t found until irreparable damage has been done. To avoid this, it’s essential to learn how to keep termites away from your home. In order to accomplish that, you need to know what actions attract termites in the first place. By staying proactive about these measures, you can potentially protect your property from termites.
What is Inviting Termites Inside?
There are several things you could be doing that are unknowingly attracting termites to your Santa Fe property. Here are the top attractants:
- Firewood and wood piles: 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. To avoid this, always store wood piles at least 20 feet away from the house, and 5 inches off the ground. Also avoid leaving stumps or logs in the yard, especially those that are in decay.
- Clogged gutters and improper drainage: Moisture problems will attract subterranean termites, the most destructive species nationwide. Ensure you do not have any clogged gutters. Divert rainwater away from the foundation of your property with down-spout extenders.
- Mulch: Piles of mulch near your property could serve as a source of food for termites. Mulch retains moisture, which attracts termites. Minimize the usage of mulch or at least keep it 15 inches away from the foundation of your home or property.
Other Ways to Keep Termites Away
To keep termites away, always stay on top of home repairs: fix any damaged roofing, and seal any cracks or crevices in your property. Keep your garden neat, trim back trees and bushes away from the foundation of your home, and regularly inspect any outdoor furniture, porches, or decks. Your best bet to stay protected against termites is to get a regular inspection from a professional pest control company.
Long-Term Termite Protection
Termites are the last pest you want infesting your home. Their infestations can cost thousands of dollars due to the property damage they are able to cause. In addition to your own efforts to prevent these wood-boring insects, it’s best to team up with a professional termite control company who can stay on top of keeping termites away all year long. Contact our team today!