One of the great things about settling into a house that you can call your own is the opportunity to make it your own with design and decor choices inside and outside. And what is more fun than taking the yard of this home you love into your own two hands and transforming it into something beautiful? Landscaping can add just the right appeal and value to your property. But without careful research and forethought, you can also create significant risks to your home.
The Mulch Conundrum
Mulch is a termite control problem waiting to happen. But not for the reasons you may think. Your first thought is probably that mulch is made of wood, termites eat wood, therefore mulch is bad. But actually, the problem with mulch is that it creates a dark and damp place for bugs of all kinds to hide and grow. The mulch out on the periphery of your property isn’t going to create a significant termite problem for you, but that pretty bed around your home just might. Make sure that you leave a foot of clearance between your mulch bed and your home, and that your mulch is not too thick to avoid attracting unwanted termites.
When Water Is Too Much
You have your irrigation system set to water at just the right time of day, for just the right amount of time to keep your front and back yards looking lush and green. However, it’s important to remember that not all sections of your yard are the same. For instance, if you’re watering that shaded spot in your side yard with the same vigor as the areas that get full sun, you’re probably watering too much. The risk you run is that you’re creating that dark damp environment that bugs thrive in and creating too much moisture at the foundation of your home. This combination is an outright invitation to hungry termites. Work with your irrigation maintenance specialists to ensure that each section of your lawn is getting just the amount of water it requires to stay fed and healthy.
Your Problematic Shade Trees
Those big shade trees in your yard are another landscaping culprit. While they provide a great benefit to your family, they also can add to the overly dark and damp environment that termites love. Ensure that your trees are all healthy and not termite carriers, and work with a professional to keep them properly pruned.
Termite control is a multi-pronged approach that requires professional intervention paired with a reasonable amount of prevention on the part of the homeowner. Work closely with your termite control specialist to ensure that all of your bases are covered and your family won't have to worry about living alongside termites any longer. If you’re looking for a termite control service you can trust, call us today.