Termite damage is a major concern to homeowners. In fact, every state except Alaska has termites. Here in the south with our warm weather and humidity, we are even more prone to termite infestations.
The Subterranean, Drywood and Dampwood termites are the three main types in the United States. Most geographical regions have one or more of these termites in the area. The different termites have both shared and particular preferences.
So what are termites attracted to, and are there reasons your home might be more vulnerable? In general, termites are attracted to wood, moisture, wood in contact with foundations and cracks in foundations.
Termites eat constantly and need wood or other types of plant-based cellulose to survive. As a homeowner, you may be unknowingly attracting termites
Keeping a firewood pile close to the house may be convenient, but is also a tempting meal for termites. Likewise, fallen branches on the ground near your home or dead branches on your rooftop make an easy transition for termites to enter your home once they have devoured that wood.
Clogged gutters – often filled with twigs and plant cellulose matter, such as leaves — can also draw termites to your rooftop.
Have a plan for minimizing your termite issues.
Living in the south, it’s hard to escape moisture and dampness. Make sure rainwater properly flows away from your house through your gutter system. Other ways to minimize moisture include fixing leaking pipes, including hose bibs or outdoor faucets, and addressing any problem drainage areas near and around your house. Both Subterranean and Dampwood termites need moisture to survive.
Wood in Contact with Your Home’s Foundation
Wood mulch around the house can provide a food source for termites. Mulching can be especially problematic when in contact with your foundation. Other landscaping issues, such as shrubs or trees close to the foundation, can also draw termites close to your home. Look around your foundation for these concerns as well as any fallen and decaying tree limbs or branches.
Cracks in House Foundation
Cracks in your home’s foundation allow easy access for termites to invade. They can also enter through gaps in siding or around windows or doors. Regularly inspect your home and repair any damage. As usual, your best defense is a good offense.
What if You Suspect Termites in Your Home?
Termites are worrisome for homeowners. First, contact Ensec Pest and Lawn for a free estimate to assess your termite problem. Based on our assessment, we will provide you with treatment options. You can rest easy knowing that our professional services will make your home safe and termite free for you and your family.