How To Stop Termites From Entering Your Home

As a homeowner, you may be well aware of the damage that termites can cause. They are the small insects that eat wood and other organic material, causing $30 billion worth of damage every year to homes in the US. That is why it is so important to take steps to stop termites from entering your home. These 5 tips will help save your house, and save you money on costly repairs.

Do Not Put Much Against Your Home

Mulch is a great way to prevent weeds from forming and to keep your garden looking great. Unfortunately, mulch will attract termites to your home. If you are placing mulch in garden beds surrounding your home, avoid placing it directly against your home's foundation.

Keep Firewood Away From Your Home

It is very tempting to keep chopped firewood in a pile that is next to your home so it is easy to get to. Much like with mulch, the firewood can attract termites as well. It's best to keep your chopped firewood away from your home, even if it's a little inconvenient when you refill the fireplace with wood.

Remove Dead Branches From Trees Near Your Home

Termites will only feed on wood that is dead, and will not affect trees that are living around your home. Dead branches can be something that attracts termites to the area, and then they make the jump from the branch to your home looking for more organic material to feed off of. Get rid of dead tree branches when you first notice them to keep the termites away.

Eliminate Water Leaks Around Your Home

In addition to organic materials, termites need water to survive. If you have an outside faucet that is leaking water, this could be what is attracting termites to your home. Fix water leaks to keep the bugs away.

If termites get in your home, they will also seek out any water sources. Check your basement for places where they could be drinking from, like a laundry tub or a leaking pipe joint.

Move Recycling Containers Away From Your Home

Since termites also eat paper, it is best to move your recycling containers away from your home. They may be seeking out the container if you are regularly using it to recycle your newspaper.

Nobody wants to deal with termites, but by following these tips, you'll be doing all you can to prevent them from getting into your home. To find out more, contact a business like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control.