When it comes to termite control, many homeowners think they have a good enough knowledge of general household pest control to avoid calling an exterminator and do the job themselves. While some people may know how to keep termites away from their home, most people are unaware of the several common mistakes that actually have the opposite effect and invite termites in. According to some estimates, over $2 billion are spent annually in the U.S. controlling or preventing termite infestations. Here are some top mistakes homeowners make when trying to avoid a termite infestation.
- Too much mulch
Some people think that piling a lot of mulch near your house will block termites from entering, but it’s actually helping them enter because termites love mulch. Having too much around your home can hold in moisture from the soil and become an easy source of food for hungry termites.
- Tree stumps
If you have an old tree stump near your home, you should know that these are also considered a tasty treat for termites. They can serve as a sort of launch pad into your home, and before you know it, you have a full blown infestation. This is also true if you often keep stacks of firewood close to your home. Keep wood away as much as possible during the pest control process.
- Disrupting treatments
If you’ve already reached out to an exterminator for help with household pest control methods and they’ve treated parts of your house or yard with chemicals, make sure to keep those areas undisturbed. Many people continue to do work around the house and don’t realize that it’s limiting the effectiveness of these methods. Repairing utilities on the property and digging around the home’s foundation can both lead to the disruption of termite treatment.
- Renovations or additions
One detail most people overlook when it comes to termite control is renovating or expanding parts of your home without also expanding termite control methods. If you’re adding a sun room to your home, be prepared to protect that area from termites, too. Don’t let the new, beautiful part of your home become infested.
Ultimately, the best way to keep termites out is to stay proactive in prevention efforts. While these tips are meant for general prevention, it’s best to call an exterminator for termite control services. They can not only deal with any current infestations, but they can also treat your home to prevent further infestations and assess any damage that has already been incurred.