Nashville and Murfreesboro TN
Many homeowners are aware that termites exist but assume their home is safe, or that a termite infestation will never happen to them. While a termite invasion can strike any home, there are five specific things that attract them. Once you know how to avoid these mistakes, you are one step closer to keeping your home termite free.
Middle Tennessee’s pest control company, Ameri Care Services, has got some tips to help ensure that you are not attracting termites to your home.
Firewood and Wood Piles
Many homeowners that use a wood-burning fireplace or that have a fire pit outdoors will keep stacks of firewood or wood piles on their property. The mistake, however, is storing these woodpiles too close to your home. It is recommended that you keep woodpiles stacked at least 20 feet away from your home or other structures. For an extra safeguard, keep the woodpile elevated about five inches off the ground.
Oh, the dreaded gutters. It is pretty safe to say that cleaning out the gutters is one of the least favorite duties of being a homeowner. Although maintaining clean gutters is no fun, it can certainly help prevent termites. Clogged gutters retain water and moisture, which can eventually begin to affect the wood on your roof. Keep your gutters clean regularly, and be sure to direct any runoff from downspouts away from your home.
Do you have stumps still in the ground around your property? Leaving stumps from dead trees is common because a lot of tree removal services charge an extra fee to ground up the stump. However, think twice before you aim to save a little money. These old, rotten stumps can attract termites to your property, which means your house could be next.
Every spring homeowners flock to their local garden center to load up on sacks of fresh mulch. Adding mulch to your flowerbeds is an excellent way to spruce up your landscaping. Just be sure that you place the mulch at least 15 inches away from your home’s foundation. Since mulch retains moisture, termites can have a heyday in a flowerbed full of mulch, giving them easy access to your home. Keep a close eye out on your existing mulch to see if you notice any termite activity.
Trees are ornamental to any landscape. Keep in mind, however, that tree limbs need to remain trimmed back away from your home. When tree limbs touch your home, it provides easy access for termites and other insects that you do not want inside.
Termite Inspection in Nashville
Termites cause homeowners up to a total of $5 billion a year! The sad part is that many people do not even realize they have a termite infestation until it is too late. Follow these tips to help reduce your chances of getting termites. Ameri Care Services offers termite inspections, termite clearance letters for homebuyers, and a treatment plan to get rid of termites from your home and property.
To learn more about termites or to safeguard your home against unwanted pests, contact Ameri Care Services by calling (615) 893-7111!
We provide pest control services to homes and businesses in the areas of Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, and Nashville, Tennessee.