live in the soil and they eat wood. It makes sense they prefer
to feed on wood touching or buried in the soil. Studies have
shown more than 90% of termite infestations in houses can
be traced to wood that is either buried in the soil or touching
the soil surface. Elimination of wood/soil contact is the
number one action people can take to make their home less
likely to be infested by termites.
housing construction, wood debris is sometimes accidentally
buried in the fill next to the house. This situation can result
in a termite infestation and subsequent problems in getting
an effective barrier treatment.
and wooden porches can touch the soil and cause a termite
problem. The wood should be placed on a concrete footing several
inches above the soil surface. Decks and porches should be
constructed of wood that has been pressure-treated with a
wood preservative. Redwood is somewhat more resistant to termites
than other wood, but it is not as resistant as pressure-treated
about wood chips used to mulch plants around the house? Wood
chips will work into the soil over time and serve as a source
of food for termites. It would be best not to use them next
to the house, but there are no studies indicating how far
from the house is safe. Wood chips made of redwood, cypress
or cedar will be somewhat termite resistant, but, over time,
the naturally occurring resins in these materials will leach
into the soil and termites will readily feed on these mulches.
prevent termite damage, firewood should be stored on a concrete
pad and never stored against the house. You can still burn
termite damaged wood, but it will be light and burn too fast
to be a good fuel.
nature, termites feed on dead tree roots. If you have lost
a tree or shrub near the house, you may want to dig the roots
out, rather than letting the natural decomposition process
take its course.
termites need moisture, moisture problems near the foundation
can increase the attractiveness of these areas to termites.
Take a look around your house and make sure water drains away
from the foundation. Now is a good time to clean-out gutters
and downspouts and repair or replace those that leak.
decisions about termites is stressful because many homeowners
do not understand termites and all available termite control
options. Because termite control can be expensive, making
hasty and uninformed decisions can be costly. To become better
informed about this topic, attend a workshop Everything
Homeowners Should Know About Termites and Termite Control
on Thursday, May 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will be held at
the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek
Road. The cost is $20, which includes training and reference
materials. This workshop will also be held in Lexington, Grand
Island, Omaha and Wilber. Please call 441-7180 for more information
or to pre-register.