There are many insects that can be particularly annoying, but termites can do a lot of damage to your home, often without you even realizing it until significant damage has been done. Because of this, it is important that you know what attracts termites to your property and home so that you can put preventative measures into place and avoid the need for repairs down the road.
In addition, it is important to be able to recognize the signs of a termite infestation. This way, you can contact a professional termite control company to come out and take care of the problem before it gets too far out of hand.
What Attracts Termites?
Here are a few different things that tend to attract termites to homes and ways you can make your property a bit less prone to these insects:
1. Stacks of Wood Near the Home
Even though we don’t have much a traditional winter here in the Inland Empire, many of us still enjoy the smell and sound of a fire in the living room. Do you chop and stack firewood? Most people stack the wood against their home, or at least in an area very close to the home for easy access. Unfortunately, you have just provided a buffet for termites to eat.
Termites use wood as an entry point to your home. For that reason, it is important that you keep any woodpile a minimum of 20 feet away from your house. In addition, you should try to keep the stacks of wood raised off of the ground several inches. Don't forget to brush off firewood before bringing into your home.
2. Inadequate Gutter Drainage
Your home's guttering system is important in a number of ways. When maintained properly, it helps to ensure that rainwater doesn't accumulate on the roof, prevent the buildup of ice dams, and helps to prevent termites.
The way that your gutters help to prevent termites all has to do with moisture. Moisture is one thing that attracts termites. Therefore, when your gutters become clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris, water tends to build up inside the gutters and ends up creating the perfect environment for termites.
With that being said, it is important that you conduct regular maintenance on your gutters to ensure that water is properly flowing through the gutters and that no clogs are forming. You also want to ensure that that rainwater is properly diverted away from your home's foundation with splash blocks and downspout extenders.
3. Old Tree Stumps
It has already been mentioned that stacks of firewood can attract termites. However, it isn't just fresh wood that can attract termites, as old wood can as well. Old rotting wood is going to quickly bring termites to your property and essentially invite them into your home.
So, if you have any dead trees that you have cut down or old tree stumps in your yard, it is time to do something about it. You can either remove these yourself or hire a service to do it for you.
How Do You Know When You Have a Termite Infestation?
There are many ways in which you can determine whether or not you have a termite infestation. In many cases, it will depend on the type of termites that you are dealing with. However, as a general rule, you will be dealing with some basic signs.
For example, termites eat wood, so this is going to be an obvious sign of an infestation. The wood will sound hollow if you knock on it, and wood tends to buckle up. You may also notice bubbling in your paint. Keep in mind, however, that this could also be a sign of water damage rather than termites.
Outside of your home, near the foundation, one species of termites like to build mud tunnels to travel back and forth from its food source and its colony, so be on the lookout for these. Most common species in the Redlands or Riverside areas leave piles of droppings that are speckled brown and black.
If you believe you have a termite problem, contact us to request an appointment.