Is Your Landscaping Attracting Termites?

bags of landscaping mulchLandscaping gives your home curb appeal and makes your outdoor living spaces more enjoyable. But did you know that certain landscaping choices can put your home at risk for an insect invasion? Mulch is one of the main culprits. Read on to learn why (and what you can do about it) from the pest control experts at Protect All Pest Control!

Mulch and termites

Mulch helps protect trees and other plantings in your yard by regulating moisture and temperature. Unfortunately the moist, warm environment it creates also attracts pests, especially termites. While mulch is not a particularly attractive food source for termites (they are drawn to the moisture more than the wood), mulch that is piled up next to your home serves as a rolled-out red carpet for these pests. The mulch attracts them, and then your home presents a more “nutritious” option. Once termites move in, they can cause expensive property damage. In addition to termites, mulch can also provide a hiding spot for roaches, ticks, ants, and rodents!

Mulching to avoid pests

When it comes to applying mulch in your yard, a little goes a long way, and not just for pest control reasons. “Mulch volcanoes” are the scourge of arborists everywhere, as they are bad for the health of your trees. Two to three inches of mulch are plenty to retain moisture and keep roots cool during sizzling Georgia summers. When placing mulch near your home, make sure that mulch is never touching wood, from porch posts to siding to windows and doors.

Of course, even with smart landscaping and other preventative measures, pests sometimes find their way into your home. If you discover termites,  ants, roaches, mice, or other pests in or around your home, contact us immediately. We serve the entire north metro Atlanta area, including Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton with affordable pest control options for your home and business.

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