What You need to know about Landscaping & Termites

Landscaping Projects that Might Accidentally Attract Termites and How to Avoid These

Landscaping can pose problems when it comes to termites. Since these pests can enter the home through plants, wood, and soil surrounding the home. If you are worried that a termite infestation has already begun in your yard, the exterior of your home or even inside the home, getting this taken care of and set up a plan for the future is key. Here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to landscaping projects that can help you avoid termites over time.

  1. Landscaping Trim and Decor Options

If part of your landscaping plan involves fences, trims, planters, and decorations, this doesn’t mean these items won’t attract termites inadvertently. While you might want to find unique decor for your yards, shopping for decor and wooden statues at antique shops might bring along stowaways that can cause infestations in your home’s foundation and interior. Opting for brick and stone over wood fencing and planters can be a huge help as well.

  1. Protecting the Exterior of Your Home

If you are upgrading the exterior of your home with new patios, balconies, or landscaping lining your home, all of your projects should be set up to avoid termites from day one. Pay attention to the dirt you bring in for leveling ground, building up patios, or stabilizing balconies. Some options might include choosing cement instead or treating dirt with a termite baiting system. Keep the sides of your home from continued moisture by checking for leaky spigots and keeping sprinklers from spraying your home to avoid unnecessary moisture.

  1. Planting Right up Against Your Home Without a Barrier

Shrubs and plants lining your home might look great, but can make for a simple access point for termites to infest your home. While you might like the look of shrubs and plants right near your home, if these are too close, you will be inviting termites to hop over to your home and foundation. These should be at least three feet from the home if you live in an area where termites are prevalent. Do your research, and don’t inadvertently pick plants that actually attract termites, making it easier for them to access your home.

  1. Sourcing Mulch and Soil

While some mulch and soil can accidentally be a breeding ground for termites, others can deter these efficiently. Ask stores about mulch and termite possibilities so you are prepared. Sometimes the right termite baiting system can actually start with utilizing your soil as a barrier. Sentricon is a proven termite solution that can work with your landscaping plan to provide a barrier in the soil surrounding your property to kill current termites and keep others away.

  1. Large Trees and Hard-to-Reach Gutters

Sometimes even the best-laid plans when it comes to shrubs, mulch, and soil can go out the window if termites can access your home from uncleared gutters or large trees that either scatter limbs and leaves on your roof or get stuck in your gutter. Overhanging trees and clogged gutters can be an accidental breeding ground for termites. Some termites just need damp wood to start a colony, so don’t make your roof and gutters an easy access point to your home. Clean your gutters regularly and trim your trees to avoid foliage from gathering on your roof.

Landscaping can be a rewarding project, but doing this in a safe way that will keep pests away is key. If you are worried you might have a termite infestation or your home might be vulnerable to a future attack, contact us to help. We can provide immediate removal of termites or can give you tips to keep termites away in the future.