One of the biggest threats to your outdoor living space might not be easy to spot because they are considered silent destroyers. These crawlers often go undetected until there are visible or extensive signs of structural damage. Termite infestation can cause a lot of trouble to your home and outdoor space. Drywood termites and subterranean termites are some of the most destructive pests that can easily cause extensive damage to a home’s foundation, furniture, deck, patio and other structures.
At Caroline Springs Landscaping, we know how much time, effort and budget our clients invested in enhancing their outdoor living space. That is why we find ways and solutions to ensure that they can enjoy the landscaping solutions they require and prefer for a long time. Whether you just want to check for signs of termite infestation or need to prevent the termites from spreading to your outdoor space, these tips may come in handy for you. Here are some simple tips we have curated to prevent extensive termite damage to your property.
#1: Clear the woodpiles around your outdoor space.
Since wood can be a habitat and food source for bugs like termites, we advise that you get rid of all decaying wood scraps, stumps, dead trees and woodpiles around your outdoor living area. Clean your outdoor area as soon as you can because the longer the wood stays in your space, the greater the chance that it will rot and become a nesting ground for termites.
On the other hand, if you need the wood for your fire pit or an outdoor kitchen, it might be best to store them in an area that is far from your home or outdoor living space. You can keep them in a metal barn or shed to ensure that you can easily prevent the termites from spreading. Besides that, you can also frequently inspect your wood deck, patio or fences, especially during summer because it is the season when termites begin to mate.
#2: Fix leaks and drainage issues.
Moisture is probably one of the biggest contributing factors in termite infestation. Since bugs and insects thrive in damp and warm areas, it might be best to get rid of excess moisture in your deck and patio. Rotting roofs and moisture-laden foundations and walls can be an attractive home for bugs of all kinds. Remember to check if there are leaks or drainage issues inside and outside of your home. Moreover, you have to ensure that you remove any standing water on your yard or deck’s surfaces.
#3: Have regular inspections.
Organizing an annual termite inspection for your home and outdoor space may seem costly for some. However, it is a good investment to ensure that you can detect possible termite damage before it causes severe structural damage to your property. You may have to spend a significant amount of money in repairing or, worse, reconstructing structures like your deck, patio or foundations once the termite infestation has spread.
Although you can do the inspection by yourself, we still advise that you hire a professional in the field to ensure that they can properly check the areas or signs that you may miss. With the assistance of a certified pest control agency, you can easily find a solution to potential infestation areas and keep your space termite-free throughout the year. Besides that, they can also offer you a range of termite control solutions and ways to effectively remove termites from your property.