Lawn & Garden Termite Prevention
We all know that termites infest properties, but they can infest areas in your lawn, garden, or backyard as well. Termites thrive when they have access to cellulose, which they can easily find in items outside your property. For that reason, it’s equally important to learn how to prevent termites outside as it is to prevent them inside.
Subterranean termites and agricultural termites are the species most likely to infest your yard, while drywood termites can infest trees and other landscaping not in contact with soil. To prevent termites in your yard, it’s important to remove or limit access to the items that are most likely to attract the wood-destroying insects.
How Do You Prevent Termites Outside?
When termites they find a source of wood to feed on in your yard, they will take it! The following things may attract termites in your lawn or garden area:
- Tree roots, dead trees, or decaying stumps. Termites will actively seek out rotting wood, so removing it promptly is of the essence.
- Stacks of firewood or lumber. You should never let piles of firewood touch the soil in your yard. Instead, make sure to store them several inches above the ground.
- Standing water or poor drainage issues. Moist, wet environments are extremely suited for termites. Promptly fix any moisture or drainage issues you may have.
- Decaying wood on your deck or patio. Letting your outdoor space suffer from decay or rot is an easy way to attract termites. Make sure to apply treatment and, if possible, have support beams touching concrete rather than dirt.
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What to Do About Termites in Your Lawn or Garden
As soon as you discover termites outside, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional. The good news is that termite treatment in your yard is safe and effective. In fact, many of the pest control industry’s best termite treatments are applied in discreet areas around your home, which helps to prevent termites outside. When you already have an infestation, it’s best to call a pest control company that knows how to properly treat your yard without killing off your garden. The exterminators at Springer Professional Home Services are local leaders in termite prevention and control for your yard or garden in Iowa.
Lawn & Garden Termite Prevention in Des Moines
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