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To help prevent insect damage or infestations, we recommend these simple measures:
1) Trim all bushes, trees, shrubs and plants away from your house so that they are not touching. If you can walk between your house and any bushes, trees or shrubs, that’s the perfect distance. The reason you should do this is because it prevents ants and other insects from crawling up the vegetation and into your home. If we spray your foundation and you have a lot of vegetation touching your home, they will crawl over and around our chemical. Another reason is so it allows the sun to get between the house and vegetation to dry up any moisture that may have collected. A lot of insects rely on moisture to survive, and by allowing moisture to collect in or around your home, you’re inviting the critters.
2) We recommend installing gutters to prevent the moisture from collecting at the base of your foundation. Try directing the moisture away from your home by using extensions at the base of the gutters
3) A three to four foot band of pea stone gravel (or 3\8″ New Hampshire greystone) around the base of your foundation is great, because it acts as a natural barrier. Ants have a waxy film called the epicutiele that surrounds their bodies and holds in all their moisture that they need to survive. As they walk across the rock it scrapes away their waxy layer which causes them to loose all their moisture.
4) We recommend not putting any kind of bark mulch up against the foundation of your home. It’s a wood substance that collects a lot of moisture and ants and termites are highly attracted to it. This is another reason we recommend this stone.
5) Instead of using landscape timbers or railroad ties in your landscaping, we suggest using a type of stone block. The landscape ties get infested very quickly with ants. It doesn’t matter how much the timbers are soaked in creosote, because the ants don’t eat the wood they just nest in it. The creosote wears out after a short time, so the ants don’t mind at all nesting in these timbers. Also, when the timbers start to rot they get moist and start to collect the moisture easier than when they were new. With moisture come ants. Ants then will slowly make their way from the timbers to your home.
6) You want to prevent or eliminate any wood to ground contact. This means keeping your wood siding ( if you have wood siding ) or any other type of siding from going directly into or touching the ground. Not only will it collect moisture and rot quickly, but termites can easily invade the wood and you may never know until it’s too late.
7) Keep all wood piles away from your house. They attract not only ants and termites, but mice and other unwanted critters will nest in them. When vou restack the wood away from your house, you should stack it up on a pallet that has been raised off the ground with blocks and cover the top with a tarp. This will allow the wood to air dry and help in preventing termite and carpenter ant infestation.