5 Main Reasons Behind a Termite Infestation

There are three common types of termites that will invade your home. Subterranean termites live under the ground and go to and from the wood. They go back to their underground colony where they live in big groups. Most dry wood and damp wood termites live inside the wood they consume. Here are five of the main reasons behind a termite infestation. 

1. Wood attracts them

All termites feed on the cellulose in wood. Different termites have certain preferences. As their names suggest, dry wood termites prefer dry wood and damp wood termites like moist wood. 

Subterranean termites make mud tubes they use for moving between the soil where they live and the wood they eat. The tubes protect them from dehydration and give them a route to wood that’s located above ground. 

Advantage pest control company provides Kansas city homeowners with termite control services if they find they have a termite infestation. DIY methods often don’t work on large populations. 

2. Homeowners can unwittingly let them in

Any wood that creates a bridge between the ground and home can create an entry point for termites. Firewood, overgrown shrubs or mulch situated too close to your home can all give termites access. 

Treat and cover any exposed wood in contact with the soil. Trim back any tree limbs resting on your roof or touching wooden structures like window frames. It is entirely possible that you can unwittingly bring termites into your home when you bring firewood or untreated lumber inside. 

3. They thrive in humid conditions 

Improper drainage, poor airflow and leaky pipes create moisture that attracts damp wood termites and subterranean termites as they thrive in humid conditions. You should always clean your roof gutters to ensure proper drainage around your home and fix any leaky pipes. 

Termites love cool, dark, wet places and if your home does not get sunlight, you may need to trim the trees surrounding your house so the warm rays get in. Even the condensation on pipes in your basement can attract them. 

Check for high levels of moisture around your home. Many steps, patios and back porches can lead to wood getting damp and termites will chew holes in it. Wooden structures can break and cause injuries. 

4. Geographic location plays a role

Certain states or regions are particularly susceptible to termite infestations. Consistent humidity and warm weather provide the type of conditions favorable to termite activity. The warm, wetter states in the South and on the Gulf Coast suffer more from termite infestations. 

You can consult the U.S. Forest service’s map of Termite Infestation Probability Zones to determine your level of risk to infestation related to your local environment. Don’t drop your guard as wherever you live in the U.S., except Alaska, you can have termite problems. Contacting pest extermination services is the best way to effectively treat termite infestations and prevent future ones. 

5. They enter cracks in building exteriors and start colonies

Any crack in the foundations of your home or gaps in the siding gives termites the chance to come inside. Subterranean termites will build mud tubes in the cracks and use them to move indoors. 

Termites swarm if their original colony reaches capacity and this usually happens once a year. At this time, thousands of termite swarmers have the sole purpose of reproducing and expanding. Cracks around windows or doors will give swarmers of all species the opportunity to get inside and start colonies. 

To prevent them from getting in, you need to check building exteriors carefully for cracked shingles or fascia boards, broken window screens and improperly sealed plumbing lines. 

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