We do our best to make sure our homes are attractive. However, you may find yourself drawing some unwanted visitors. Termites are invasive and can cost you a great deal of stress and money. While it may be obvious that termites love wood, there are other reasons why these critters are so attracted to your home. Keep reading to find out what makes your house the perfect getaway for termites.
The most common building material in American homes is wood. Thus, the chance of a termite infestation occurring is significantly high. Wood is a source of food and shelter for termites. Unlike other pests, the bacteria in the termite’s stomach allows them to break down the cellulose found in wood. Tree stumps, firewood, and dead pieces of wood in your backyard are the perfect candidates for termites to start a colony. Termites will shift from the dead, rotting wood in your yard to your home.
If your home has leaky pipes or any kind of improper drainage, it’s likely that termites are around. To prevent termites from drying out, they need moisture. Also, if you have damp soil around your house, there’s a good chance that you might have a termite infestation.
Leaves and twigs building up in your gutter can cause excessive moisture. Gutters can also create standing water due to the trapped debris. Your roof can become soft or even rot because of the water, which allows termites to burrow into your home.
Cracks around Your Home’s Exterior
Cracks are a gateway for termites to make their way into your home. Check cracks around your doors and windows for any termite infestations. The hairline cracks found on concrete floors are large enough for termites to access your home. Older homes are most likely to have weathered-down wood and cracked concrete.
Like soil, mulch retains moisture and traps in heat. As previously mentioned, termites thrive in moisture. While termites may not feed on the mulch itself, it creates a habitat that can quickly become an infestation.
Termites are just as sneaky as they are destructive. By the time homeowners figure out they have termites, the damage has already occurred. If you believe that your home has termites, contact Germantown Pest Control & Termite to schedule an appointment today!