What Attracts Termites to a Home?

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Termites can put holes not just in your property, but in your wallet, too. These pests can cause extensive damage to your home, and repairs are often expensive.

Follow along to learn more about the conditions that may attract termites to your home and the red flags that will indicate termite activity. We’ll also mention what measures you can take to make your home less attractive to termites.

Wood and cellulose material: Termites feed on lumber, firewood, newspapers, and other cellulose materials. Avoid storing such materials near places that are easily accessible to termites, such as the foundation. Throw away any decayed lumber or firewood since termites prefer to feed on this type of wood.

Warm, dark places: Termites favor moist, undisturbed places like crawl spaces. Have your home inspected and evaluated for moisture sources in order to reduce the amount of moisture in your home’s crawl space.

Moist Soil: Since termites are attracted to moisture, they may settle into the soil on which your home’s foundation is built. Keep the soil next to your home’s foundation as dry as possible by repairing leaking faucets or pipes. Functioning gutters, downspouts and splash blocks will redirect excess water away from your foundation. Make sure that your lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems are minimizing water accumulation near your foundation.

Signs of Termite Infestation

Termites tend to infest tree stumps, stored lumber or firewood, cardboard boxes, untreated fence posts and buried scrap wood. Be sure to inspect your home’s porches and other structural or foundation wood for signs of termites. The following are red flags that you may have a termite infestation:

  1. Wood damage found below and behind surfaces such as walls and floors. Including cracks in veneer or maze-like tunneling in wood. Small holes in drywall or plaster can also indicate termite activity.
  2. Termite wings that have been shed around closed windows, doors and other entry areas of your home.
  3. Pencil-sized mud tubes found where the ground meets your home or near where termites feed, such as trees or sheds.

How to Help Prevent a Termite Infestation

Although termites aren’t specifically attracted to houses, they will often try entering once these insects encounter them. It’s important to take precautions to decrease the chances of a termite infestation. Most of the time, it isn’t until a termite infestation is severe that it’s discovered. In order to avoid this particular situation, replace damaged wood and take proper steps to correct the conditions previously listed.

The most effective way to permanently prevent a termite infestation involves the use of pesticides, which should be left to the professionals. In regard to termites, it’s better safe than sorry. Schedule an inspection with a licensed pest control professional at Terminix today.