The Secret To Keeping Termites Away From Your McKinney Property
A termite infestation can devastate your property and cost thousands of dollars in repairs. These destructive pests can tear through structural wood for an extensive period of time without you even noticing. It’s usually not until serious damage has been done that many property owners notice their termite infestation, and by then, it’s often too late. So, if you want to keep termites away from your McKinney property, here’s what you need to know.
What Are Termites?
Like ants and bees, termites are social insects that form elaborate colonies of thousands, even millions of individuals. Depending on the species, they can vary in length from 1/8 inch to over 1 inch in length and typically have a brownish or yellow color. Termites are known for primarily eating wood, but their diet consists of any cellulose-based material including paper, drywall, and various plant matter.
A single termite queen can produce up to 30,000 eggs per day, meaning that a colony can grow quickly. The more members a colony has, the more destruction they can unleash on your property. Termite workers can eat nonstop all day and night.
There are three main types of termites. Dampwood termites are typically found outdoors in decaying logs and stumps. Drywood termites do not require as much moisture as their relatives and can infest homes and businesses. Subterranean termites are the most common to infest properties and build distinct termite tubes to connect their colonies to buildings.
Why Do I Have Termites?
There are a number of factors that attract termites to your property. Primarily, termites are attracted to moisture and access to cellulose-rich materials. Lots of damp soil making contact with wooden structures is an ideal environment for a termite infestation.
If there is water accumulating around your property, it’s increasing your chances of getting termites. Drainage issues and leaking fixtures are typical causes, and solving these problems can reduce the likelihood of a termite colony developing.
Of course, access to food is the most appealing thing about your property for termites. Fallen trees, stumps, decaying wooden materials, and even mulch in your yard can all attract termites. It’s worth relocating landscaping features with mulch beds away from your property.
Any wooden segments of your property making direct contact with the soil are most vulnerable to termite infestation. Subterranean termites, the most common type of termite to infest homes and businesses, are especially likely to attach their colonies to your property via moist soil.
How To Keep Termites Away
As destructive as termites can be, there are a number of things you can do to prevent them from infesting your property.
- Landscaping: Move any wood-based landscaping features on your property as far away from buildings as possible, including compost piles. Try to trim the branches of woody shrubs and hedges from making contact with your home or business. Switch to a cellulose-free mulch, or relocate your gardening areas entirely. Store firewood away from the property.
- Moisture control: Clear any blocked drains or gutters to ensure a constant flow of water away from your property. Fix any leaking spigots, pipes, or faucets to prevent excess soil moisture. Consider installing a dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels indoors.
- Barriers: Install a barrier of gravel, sand, or stone around the perimeter of your home or business. This will reduce the amount of direct wood to soil contact and will not collect excess moisture.
The real secret to keeping termites away from your McKinney property is with professional support from Around the Block Pest Control. Our comprehensive termite control services will eliminate any existing termites you have and prevent new termites from infesting your property. If you’re experiencing termite problems, don’t wait another minute. Contact us today for your free estimate.