While having a tree stump in your yard might seem like a minor inconvenience or eyesore, over time, it can lead to expensive damage. Many pests like to invade stumps and, eventually, they could reach your home. Learn about a few common pest problems and consider the benefits of stump removal to keep your property safe.
What Pests Live in Stumps?
A mosquito's natural habitat is stagnant water. They’re able to deposit larvae in water that collects in tree stumps and containers in the yard. Mosquitoes develop through their egg, larval, and pupal stages in the water.
With a bit of rain, your stump might transform into a mosquito hotspot. In addition to giving you irritating bites, mosquitos can transmit harmful viruses to humans like Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile Virus. Tree stump removal can help to keep you and your loved ones safe from these pests.
Termites feast on rotting wood, which makes tree stumps inviting. But chances are, they won’t remain in the stump. Subterranean termites often build mud tubes underground to find water and feed on roots. If your home is close to the stump, there’s a significant chance termites will find their way to your home.
Wood-boring beetles, as the name suggests, eat and destroy wood. Females lay their eggs in wood crevices, which a tree stump can offer. After the larvae hatch, they bore down into the stump. Once they’re adults, the beetles exit the wood by making holes.
As with termites, beetles might easily find their way from a stump to your home. Once they’ve eaten away the stump, wood buildings could present the next appetizing option.
Maintain a pest-free home with stump removal from T & L Tree and Landscape in Monroe County, NY. They have been in business for over 50 years. In addition to stump removal, they offer both residential and commercial customers emergency tree services, lawn care, and debris clearing. Their experienced crew is insured and available 24/7 for those unforeseeable events. To keep your yard both safe and beautiful, call (585) 223-3190. Go online to read more about their services.