In the last blog post, we discussed what termites were and how long they live (too long, unfortunately). As one of the longest living insects, these pests have a lot of time to do major damage. Now you need to understand what makes your home appealing as a dining and living space for them and how to tell if you have a termite infestation.
Why Termites Would Choose Your Home
The short answer is “wood.” However, what attracts the termites depends on which kind of termite they are. Damp wood termites look for moist wood while subterranean termites want wood that is close to or in the ground. They will create tunnels from the wood to the soil for protection and to allow them easy access to water. Damp wood termites can stay right in the wood they call home because it provides enough moisture for their water needs.
Termites can find cracks in the foundation or wood that is touching the foundation to provide access to a safe, moist location. A property with poor drainage and airflow will draw in termites because it creates a moist environment. Leaking pipes add to the problem.
Warning Signs You Have a Termite Problem
Now that you know about termites, you may wonder how to tell if they are a problem in your home. One way is to pay attention to the flying pests around your home in the summer. Termites will take to the air to find new colonies when the weather is warm. If you see the winged insects coming out of the soil or out of some wood, it’s likely that they are termites. You may also notice wings around a door or window sill.
Check the wood around your house. Wood that is inhabited by damp wood termites will feel soft even if you don’t see any outside damage. Where subterranean termites live, the wood may be hollow inside and easily broken. If not dealt with, permanent damage may be done to your home. Repairs can cost thousands of dollars, just to make your home safe again.
If you see any signs of termites or prefer to have a professional check your home, you can contact All Natural Pest Elimination for a free consultation. We’ll inspect your home and help you get rid of these pests before they do more damage to your property.