It is that time of year again. You’re heading out to the yard to work on landscaping projects, planting gardens and flowers, mowing and weeding and cleaning up trees and other debris from the winter. When you’re out doing all this yard work, you may discover some things you’ll be glad you uncovered. These observations can help you prepare your home against pest invasions this season.
One insect you want to be on the lookout for while you’re working on landscaping projects is termites. Termites are responsible for about $5 billion dollars in damages every year in the United States alone. Termites love moisture and damp wood and this why down trees and shrubs, damp mulch or leaf piles make a perfect place for them to start nesting. Anytime termites are nesting in your yard the odds of them trying to find a way into your home are increased.
It is important when you’re out doing yard work to be able to identify termites and to do that you are probably wondering "what do termites look like?". Some people say that termites kind of look like ants, only they are a lighter color. These insects have 6 legs and antennae and range from a creamy white to a dark brown color. In the spring they can also be spotted swarming. If you’re out doing yard work and you notice some of the wood you’re removing appears to be hollowed out, it could be thanks to termites and you should contact termite control in Pittsburgh right away.
There are some places you should concentrate on when it comes to yard work and landscaping that could protect your yard and your home from termites. These include:
Clear your property of any potential termite food sources. This includes removing old tree stumps, dead trees and fallen limbs.
Keep wood for the fireplace stored as far away from your home as possible, with 20 feet being the suggested minimum.
Use wood mulch sparingly. Wood and mulch are major culprits in attracting termites because of the way they hold moisture. If you do choose to use mulch on your property, you should be careful where and how deep it is.
Try to minimize standing water and clear out storm drains. Also, when watering your lawn, try not to water too close to your home.
Avoid planting too close to your home.
Prevention is the best defense when it comes to termites. That is why it is also important to work with professionals, like the experts at Witt Pest Management, to make sure these tiny insects don’t make your home their 24 hour, all-you-can-eat buffet. When it comes to pesticides, you should not try to administer them yourself as they can be dangerous and ineffective if they are not used properly. If you suspect you have a termite problem in your home or in your yard, contacting Witt Pest Management right away could save you a lot of money in the long run. They know how to get rid of termites and how to make sure they stay away.