A1 Exterminators and the National Pest Management Association are working to spread public awareness about termites during Termite Awareness Week, March 11-17, 2018. In honor of this annual observance, A1 Exterminators is educating homeowners on three things they could be doing to attract termites.
“Termites often cause damage completely behind-the-scenes without anyone knowing until it’s too late. In fact, according to the NPMA, termite infestations cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year — an expense typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies,” said Gary Weisberg, Owner, A1 Exterminators. “Homeowners should work to make their home and property less attractive to these wood-destroying pests before spring hits and colonies are out in full force.”
Here are three things that could make a home more appealing to termites and provoke an infestation:
- Storing firewood too close to property: Many 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. Instead, store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground. Also, be careful of leaving stumps and dead trees in the yard. Rotting wood material can serve as termite fuel and eventually result in termites entering the home.
- Clogged gutters: Cleaning the cutters is a necessary part of termite prevention. Termites love moisture and clogged gutters can cause water to pool and make insulation vulnerable to these wood-destroying pests.
- Mulch: Mulch is frequently used near the home and against the foundation and can serve as a source of food for termites. It also retains moisture, which attracts these destructive pests. Minimize the usage of wood mulch and keep it at least 15 inches from the foundation.
“If signs of termites are found or an infestation is suspected, we recommend contacting us for full property inspection and we can assess the problem and recommend a proper course of treatment,” added Weisberg.