Termites are a hidden danger to many homes due to their ability to deteriorate your deck unnoticed for a prolonged period of time. While some cases of termites may take several years to show noticeable damage, some cases may only take a few months to deteriorate an outdoor feature of your yard. Because termites live on wood, any wooden structures around your home, such as your deck, can quickly become an accessible food source. With this in mind, consider these three easy tips for preventing a termite infestation on your beautiful deck this summer.
Eliminate Sources of Excess Moisture
Since termites also need a water source to survive, gutters that may be clogged and full of leaves can also help to foster a termite infestation on your home. With this, leaking gutters that cause water to pool on the ground near your home can cause significant problems for your deck over time. If mold and residue begin to build up along the sides of your deck, it may open to door to a detrimental termite infestation. Similar to the appeal of moisture caused by gutter leaks, the moisture that comes along with mold growth can also attract a colony of termites. It is crucial to keep the area around your home adequately drained to prevent termites from taking over your deck.
Get Rid of Decaying Wood Around Your Home
Decaying wood is both another source of food and inviting as a home for termites. While they may seem harmless as they eat a decaying trunk or large branch near your home, they may quickly move on once this food source is gone to a nearby outdoor structure such as your deck.
Invest in Wood that is Termite-Resistant
Because most termite infestations begin with wood-to-soil contact, your deck may be at serious risk for an outbreak of termites at any time during the year. To avoid this issue, it may be a good idea to invest in a deck built from materials that are naturally resistant to termites. Many kinds of wood such as cedar, redwood, and cypress are naturally termite-resistant materials. While many families may also prefer treated lumber, it is important to remember that chemicals in treated lumber are not guaranteed to deter termites from taking over your deck.
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