How Termites Find a Home
COULD YOUR HOUSE HAVE TERMITES ?
If you want to prevent a termite infestation or get rid of one it is crucial to understand how termites can get inside, and why they would want to do so. A professional inspection will give you some tips on termite infestations, if you are experienceing one, entry points where they could have accessed your house and how to get rid of them. A professional inspection will also provide you with tips on prevention and infestation control depending on the type of termite most common in your area, your construction type and the moisture conditions that can cause infestations.
WHY DO TERMITES WANT TO GET INTO YOUR HOUSE ?
Termites love to eat cellulose, which is a main component of a lot of household items. It is, in fact, one of the main components of wood and paper. Combine that with warmth and moisture and you have the perfect conditions for a happy termite colony.
Homes that are particularly humid, made mostly out of wood or in areas that could allow puddles to form in crawl spaces or under the flooring or homes with leaky air conditioning units are the most vulnerable to termite infestations.
Through regular inspections a specialist can help you identify entry points and early warning signs that could make your house extra vulnerable to termites. Since termites can fit through cracks as small as less than half an inch, sealing any gaps in the foundation and roof of your house while they are still small is crucial to keep termites at bay.
MAIN TYPES OF TERMITES:
Most houses are at risk of getting two types of termites: subterranean and drywood termites. They act and behave differently, and it is important to know the difference because you can keep them away from your house in different ways.
-Subterranean termites live underground and prefer to enter your home from the foundation, sometimes building mud tubes several feet underground to enter your house. This type of termite will likely enter your house through wood to ground contact, or through cracks in the foundation, brick and mortar.
-Drywall termites might infest your house when a swarm finds a safe refuge in a crevice in your house's wood. Once in, they will start digging a nest, laying eggs and reproducing to increase the size of their colony. Within a few years, a colony can grow so big as to destroy the structural integrity of your house.
Learn about Subterranean Termites here