Is your prized garden drawing termites towards your home? Cape Girardeau pest control experts sometimes see termite problems in homes with garden beds bedecked with geraniums. Why are these flowers drawing these voracious pests?

The Woody Stems of Plants May Serve as Termite Food

Plants with woody stems, such as geraniums, may draw termites in. How can you tell if your flowers are infested? If plants turn yellow and start dying for no apparent reason, it’s a good idea to pull them up and look for signs of termite infestation below the ground as well as on nearby wooden structures.

Signs of Termite Damage Include:

– Flying termites. These can be differentiated from winged ants by their 4 cloudy, equal-size wings and long, uniform body.

– ‘White ants’. (There’s no such thing.)

– Papery/hollow sounding wood.

– Tunnels within wood materials.

– Mud tunnels.

How Can You Prevent Termites from Taking Over Your Home?

You can protect your home by keeping the area around and under it dry. This can be accomplished by correcting any drainage issues around your home, grading away from its structure and incorporating drainage aids when necessary.

In addition, carefully plant and trim shrubbery so it doesn’t block the vents in your home’s foundation, and avoid building window boxes against your home.

Is your green thumb turning brown, or do you have a termite problem? Get to the heart of the matter with the help of the Cape Girardeau pest control experts at Elite Pest Control today.