Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homeowners each year. This damage often goes undetected for long periods of time. But what attracts termites to your home in the first place? Here are 5 things you could be doing to attract termites to your home.

  1. Piles of Wood. Firewood and other wood piles are a huge termite attractant and also provide them with a quick and easy ride into your home. Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet from your home and elevated at least 5 inches off the ground.
  2. Dead Trees. As trees die and rot, the dead trees and stumps will attract termites. They will then move from these stumps and trees to your home. Remove and clear any dead trees and stumps from your property.
  3. Limbs and Branches. Any branches or leaves from trees, shrubs, bushes, plants, etc that come in contact with the sides of your home can bring termites in. These branches provide a direct path for termites into your home. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed back so they aren’t touching the sides or roof of your home.
  4. Mulch. While aesthetically pleasing, mulch can actually be a big attractant for termites. Mulch is comprised of wood chips which can retain moisture, making them an attractive food source for termites. Consider replacing mulch with another medium or, if you do use it, try to keep it at least 15 inches from your foundations.
  5. Clogged Gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to damage to your home on their own but they can also be an attractant to termites. As leaves, twigs, and other debris build up in your gutters, the excess moisture can soften your roof and cause it to rot. These soft spots attract termites and also provide them with an easy access point into your home. Keep your gutters cleaned out regularly or consider installing gutter guards to prevent clogs.

If you suspect you have a termite problem, contact a professional termite control company. They can provide you with a termite inspection which will help identify any potential signs of termite infestation and set you up with the best treatment plan for your situation and a prevention and monitoring program going forward.