3 Simple Steps To Protect Against Termites
As far as household pests go, none cause as much worry or concern as the termite. These collective insects eat dead trees, and while that’s a valuable service in a forest full of fallen logs and branches it’s a serious danger when you live in a house built from dead trees.
A termite invasion can seem like it’s only a matter of time, but depending on where you live and how you take care of your property, you might never have to discover the rotten wood and mud tunnels of a termite infestation.
1. Keep Firewood Away From The Walls
Termites will burrow into any kind of dead wood they can find, and once they find a source they tend to explore outwards. If your home is nearby, it won’t take them long to go from eating the pile of firewood to eating the supports of your house. Because of this, if you have firewood and store it outside you should always keep it at least 20 feet away from the sides of your house.
2. Reduce Moisture In Your Home
Aside from wood, termites also need a source of water to survive. Subterranean termites like the ones that live in Maryland can absorb moisture from the soil, but if your home’s interior and wood structures are bone dry then the termites won’t be able to go as quickly or as deeply. On the other hand, if your basement has a humidity problem or you have a leaky pipe nearby, the wood will have some moisture in it and be a perfect place for termites to live.
3. Clear Dead Wood Off Your Property
Just like firewood, dead stumps and fallen branches are just what termites love to eat. Even if it’s far from the sides of your house, a dead stump can support a large colony of termites that can send a large number of mating pairs all throughout the area.
While you may have to deal with termites even if you follow these three steps, you’ll at least make it less likely that they’ll find your home and start tearing it apart for food. Just remember to keep checking for signs of termites now and then and contact a professional pest control service once you find something.