So much is done in preparation for winter. As you cover your shrubs, hardy trees and even the ground on your landscape for protection from the harsh winter weather, you need to be careful. The actions you take to protect your landscape might create the leeway for termites to invade your outdoor space or even enter your home.
This is more so true when preparing your planting beds, which are likely to be as close to your house’s foundation as possible. This is where All-State Pest and Lawn comes in to protect your home from these dangerous pests.
Why Control Termites?
It’s important to understand why you need to control pests from invading your home or landscape. Termites can cause serious damage to your home or property, hence must be prevented from entering your home.
There are precautions which can be taken to protect your home from termite invasion even as you prepare for winter. Here are the pest control strategies recommended by experts at the LSU Agricultural Center to help lower the chances of you having termites in your landscape.
Top 12 Ways of Preventing Termites from Invading Your Home/Landscape
1. Proper Drainage
Your drainage system should drain water away from your house. Ensure that your landscape beds and gutters slope for proper water drainage away from the house.
2. Keep Planting Beds 12 Inches from the House
When mulching, ensure that planting beds next to your house have their mulch 12 inches away from the structure’s foundation. Pull the mulch back till the 12-inch gap is attained.
3. Keep Dirt off the Steps, Foundation and beneath Your Porches
Dirt can easily lure termites into your home. Before getting the dirt in your home or landscape treated, keep them off your steps and foundation. Your porches should also be dirt- free beneath.
4. Avoid Digging into the Chemical Barrier at the Slab Base
Slabs have a chemical barrier around their bases. Pilings also have a chemical barrier for termite control. When preparing your planting beds, don’t dig into the pilings or the slab base. This prevents the creation of a leeway through which termites can enter your home.
5. Remove Wooden Debris from Your Landscape
Timber or wood lying on your landscape can easily harbor termites or lure them into your home. Remove all wooden debris or scrap wood that might be lying around your lawn without delay. The faster you remove the wood elements and keep them away from your home, the more likely pests will stay off your landscape.
6. Use Wood-free Mulch on Planting Beds near Your House
Never use wood-based mulch on planting beds next to your house or other structures on your landscape. This is for the same reason that wood harbors pests. Consider using pine straw as mulch since it’s less likely to lure termites into your home.
7. Edge Your Planting Beds with Bricks, Metal or Border Plants
Wooden materials such as railroad ties and landscape timber should not be used to edge your planting beds. Timber is termite food hence must be kept out of your landscape. Instead, use decorative bricks, metals or even border plants to edge your planting beds; this isn’t just functional, but also aesthetic.
8. Don’t Water Your Plants against the House’s Foundation
When watering your plants, don’t spray water against your house’s foundation. This can help keep off the termites from your home.
9. Keep Wooden Structures 2-Inches Away from the House
When creating a wooden structure, fence post or a deck near your house, ensure it’s about 2 inches away. Develop the wooden structures on concrete pads for termite control. Additionally, pour liquid treatment around the posts and concrete pads to prevent pest invasion.
10. Don’t Let Clinging Vines Grow on Your House’s Walls
Clinging vines such as the creeping fig or English ivy can easily cling onto the walls of your house. Never allow this to happen as they can easily attract termites into your home and landscape.
11. Control Flooding To Prevent Termites
If your home is built on flooding grounds, the measures you have put in place to control termites might be tampered with. Flooding waters can easily wash away treated soil on your landscape or around a structure. It is also possible for large silt, muddy soil or sludge deposits to cover the treatment areas, creating leeway for termites to get into your home.
Floods either eliminate or weaken the protection barriers (put in place to facilitate pest control) within and around your home or existing structures on the landscape. When flooding occurs on your landscape, it’s time to reapply treatment to control pests.
Your termite bait control systems can also be adversely affected by floods. In monitoring stations, cellulose and saturated bait materials must be replaced whenever there’s flooding. A pest management company conducts regular station monitoring operations, scheduled to take place at pre-determined times. Therefore, when flooding occurs, putting in place corrective measures for termite control is easy.
12. Conduct Regular Termite Inspection and Treatment
Regularly inspect your home and landscape for termites and treat any detected infestations. However, prevention is better than cure. By carrying out the strategies above to the latter, you shouldn’t worry about pests invading your home.
Hire a Professional Pest Control Company
Termite control is a job best left to the experts. You can hire a professional company to handle control of pests, inspection and treatment in and around your house.
The Memphis termite control company you opt for should also have the right tools and chemicals needed to get the job done.
Contact All-State Pest and Lawn today for your pest control needs in Memphis.