You may love to entertain and throw lavish parties in your Lakeland home, but there are some visitors that you really don't want wandering in. These visitors prefer to become permanent residents on your Lakeland real estate. They're called termites! And they can literally "eat you out of house and home" as the saying goes.
We all know Florida is a wonderful place to reside, with it's year-round warm weather. Termites like it too! They enjoy the moisture that accumulates when higher humidity and summer rains show up. They love all the beautiful landscaping we do since it often involves mulch that holds the moisture in the ground. Here are a few things you can do to keep these dreaded creatures from setting up housekeeping near your Lakeland home.
1. Mulch. Since wood is the food of choice for termites, the point where the wood of your home meets the ground is where they like to live, especially if moisture is present as well. When landscaping close to the house, don't put mulch against your home's foundation. In fact, most termite experts recommend that mulch be no closer than one foot from your home. One of the main purposes of mulch is to hold moisture for your plants, which is a good thing. Not such a good thing, however, is keeping the soil moist for your termites!
2. Water. Don't let water stand in your gutters and downspouts, as this becomes another source for termites. Also be sure to eliminate moisture that may be in crawl spaces under the house. Dark, moist spaces are the dream home of termites!
3. Firewood. If you have stacks of firewood on your property, be sure it's stored at least several feet away from the house. The wood itself can harbor these pests, so also be careful when cutting or buying the firewood in the first place. Check it out to make sure you're not bringing home unwanted problems.
4. Termite Inspections. Have your home inspected for termites and treated if they are detected. Getting rid of them before they can do structural damage to your home is a MUST. A healthy infestation of these bugs can quickly do major damage before you realize it so keeping a watch on things is very important. Some companies also offer preventive treatments.
When purchasing a home in Lakeland, The Boyce Team can provide you with the names of termite inspectors to check out the home you're considering. And if you're still looking for just the right home, they can certainly help with that as well. Contact Damion Boyce today and find a new home for yourself - but NOT for the dreaded termites!