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Termites are very destructive pests, their insatiable hunger for wood causes billions of dollars worth of damage in the US alone each year. These crawling insects can cause major structural damage to a property in just six months, and can completely destroy a home in just two years.
Termites feed on cellulose. Cellulose is the main component in the cell walls of plants. It is the most abundant organic compound on Earth. This dietary requirement means that termites can, and will, devour the wooden structures of buildings as well as furniture, money, and even clothes.
Termite swarm season, which usually happens during the early months of spring, is when your home is most at risk. During this period, winged termites leave their nest to mate and start a new colony, which could be in your home!
Below are a list of areas in your home that are susceptible to termite infestations and tips on how you can prevent them.
The exterior of your home can often act as a portal to your home, putting it at risk of termite damage.
Broken tiles create moisture which attracts termites, and can provide a gateway inside.
Air conditioner unit
Air conditioning units provide moist environments, something which termites love.
Your attic can be a prime location for termite activity, which can often go unnoticed for years.
The wooden beams in an attic are often exposed and provide termites with a free meal.
Cardboard boxes filled with paper and photos are a good source of food for termites.
A living room is a gold mine in terms of food. Many items of furniture are made from wood.
Wooden floor boards are a great source of food for termites. Being close to the ground they can act as a stepping stone for subterranean termites to the rest of your home.
Skirting boards are like a giant t-bone steak for termites, they also provide dry wood termites a stable living environment.
Wooden furniture makes your home all that more inviting for termites. It’s sort of like turning up to an all-you-can-eat buffet and finding out that dessert is included in the price.
It may come as a surprise but even your clothes are subject to termite damage, although it is quite rare.
Items of clothing are made from materials such as cotton which contain cellulose, a termite’s favorite dish.
Garages can act as a goldmine of food for termites depending on what’s stored inside. They can also act as a passageway into your home if the two are connected.
Storage units are a good source of food for termites depending on the contents. They can also provide termites with easy access to shelves and other areas of the garage high up.
A kitchen can be a haven for termites due to the limitless sources of food and entry points.
Windows and doors
During swarming season windows and doors make it easy for termites to inhabit your home.
Leaky drain pipes create moisture and damp which termites are attracted to.
Built in wooden cupboards provides termites with a food source. They are also close to walls and floors providing termites with an easy opportunity.
Ever seen the movie Hook? Remember the banquet scene? Well, that’s exactly what a garden is like for termites.
Tree stumps are a good source of food for termites. Trees are a great way for termites to get one of their five a day, five pieces of wood that is.
Garden mulch is not only high in moisture, it is also mainly made up of wood chippings. Think of it as a giant bag of candy for termites.
Fencing and decking
Subterranean termites use underground tunnels to search for food. Fence posts and decks that come in contact with the ground provide termites with a free meal.
If you live in an area prone to termite activity opt for an alternative garden feature to decking.
Wood stacked against the house
Fire wood stacked against the house can act as an open invitation to your home for termites. It’s sort of like when supermarkets hand out free samples.
You may have noticed that the majority of these prevention tips involve carrying out regular inspections for termites. In doing so you are creating a proactive method in keeping your home safe from these wood boring insects.
A termite exterminator will be able to correctly inspect a property for termites, and identify any issues as well as recommending the correct course of termite control options. An annual termite inspection will help ensure your property is protected against the potential for termites to much their way through your home.
For more information on our termite control program, call your local Western Exterminator pest control specialists at 888-674-0921 or fill out our online form.
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