If you live in South East Queensland, you have likely heard of termites and understand the extent of damage these little creatures can cause to your garden and home.
Knowing the warning signs of a termite infestation allows you to act fast to stop them in their tracks before they do irreversible damage to your property. But why not work preemptively to minimise termite problems in the first place? There are things you can do today in your garden that will severely reduce the risk of termites causing you and your family a headache later down the road:
Avoid the use of mulch near the foundation of your home.
Mulch and its decomposition process are essential to the health of the soil, trees and other plants in your garden.
Mulch beds out in the landscape away from your home are not a problem; however mulch around the close perimeter of your home can cause a problem. The mulch can be used as a food source by termites. It can also hold moisture near the foundations of your building which may entice termites to the area.
When it comes to mulch, there are certain types of mulch, such as tea tree mulch and cedar mulch, that are better suited and can even help repel termites.
Remove tree stumps from your property.
Tree stumps left to rot away on your property are a big termite attractant. Termites love dark, warm and damp environments and often seek out tree stumps to build their nests.
You can minimise the risk of termites making one of your tree stumps their home by having the stump removed from the ground. The thick roots underneath the soil line don’t make this an easy task, but it can be done effectively with the right equipment and expertise.
Trim trees and shrubs close to your home.
Trees and plants tend to attract termites due to their high moisture content. If shrubs or trees surround your house, consider trimming them frequently. Look at cutting them back at least 2 to 3 feet away from your home. Also, keep in mind that any branches in contact with other wood structures can become a migration point for termites, so inspect them frequently to see if they need trimming.
Termites can be a terrible problem and can cause extensive damage to the foundation and structure of your home. That’s why it’s essential that you take steps to control them at the earliest. If you need any help with tree stump removal, trimming, or mulching the correct way, please contact our friendly team at Treeessence.