If you are concerned about the possibility of termites infesting your home, you'll want to know that it can be just as important to make sure you take preventative measures in your yard as you do in your home. Many times, a termite infestation will start somewhere in the yard. Then, they will make their way into your home, where they can mean big trouble for your home and cause you to need to go through a lot of costly steps in order to eradicate them and even repair the damage that they have caused. Here are some things you can do to help prevent termites from finding refuge in your yard:
Tear down and remove those old outbuildings.
If you have outbuildings in your yard, such as old work or storage sheds, then they can be very tempting to termites. They offer them a nice dark, moist, and quiet place where they can live, eat, and breed. Termites breed quickly, so that outbuilding can be taken over by termites in a very short period of time.
Once they have taken over the outbuilding in your yard, they won't be very far from making their way right into your home. This is why it's so important to get rid of those buildings. You want to make sure you have the entire building torn down and burned, or taken somewhere off of the property, such as a landfill. You don't want to tear it down and leave the wood sitting on your property for any amount of time, or the termites will simply wander right over to your house before you finally get around to having the wood hauled off.
Don't keep large piles of firewood near the house.
If you burn wood for heating, then you want to make sure your wood pile is kept as far from your house as possible. It's also important for you to rotate the wood, using the pieces that have been there the longest first. This way, the termites won't have a chance to take over the wood pile by getting comfortable in sections of wood that has been sitting there for months.
One of the best things that you can do to keep termites from getting into your firewood is to make sure you keep it up off of the ground. You should consider having a metal frame made, and using a strong material attached to the frame to serve as a place to stack the firewood.
Remove tree stumps following tree removal.
When you have a tree cut down, it is extremely important for you to make sure that you have the entire stump removed. It's best if you can get the tree removal company to agree to dig out and take away the stump during the tree removal job. Leaving the stump in place is like setting out the perfect dessert for termites.
If you do notice termites on your property, call a pest control company like Reliant Termite and Pest Control for assistance.