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Lawn & Garden Termite Prevention

It’s not unusual to find termites infesting backyards in Eastern Tennessee. To keep the exterior of your property safe, it’s important to learn termite preventative measures for your lawn and garden.

Termites will readily infest any items in your backyard that contain a source of cellulose. Eastern subterranean termites and Formosan termites are both capable of constructing nests in your yard.  Generally speaking, preventing termites in your garden and yard requires many of the same methods used to prevent an infestation in your home.

How to Prevent Termites in My Backyard

Termites are best known for infesting homes, however, if they find a source of wood to feed on in your yard, they will infest it! The following items and areas may attract termites in your lawn or garden area:

  • Tree roots, dead trees, or decaying stumps. Termites will actively seek out rotting wood, so removing decayed wood promptly is essential.
  • Stacks of firewood or lumber. Ensure that piles of firewood or lumber do not come in contact with the soil in your yard. Store wood items several inches above the ground.
  • Standing water or poor drainage issues. Moist, wet environments are extremely suited for termites. Promptly repair any moisture or drainage issues on your property.
  • Decaying wood on your deck or patio. Allowing wood items in your outdoor space to suffer from decay or rot will attract termites. Make sure to apply treatment and, if possible, have support beams touching concrete rather than dirt.

How to Get Rid of Termites in Your Lawn or Garden

Most homeowners dislike the idea of using chemical termite treatments in yards and gardens. Thankfully, there are a number of eco-friendly ways to protect your yard from termites, including orange oil, cardboard traps, diatomaceous earth, nematodes, boric acid, and more. If you are experiencing an active termite infestation, it’s best to call a pest control company that can properly treat your yard without killing off your garden. Baiting stations can be safely used in your lawn and garden as a termite control option. 

Contact Johnson Pest Control, your local termite exterminators, to learn more!

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