December 06, 2018
If you are wondering how safe your home is from termites, let us ask you a few questions. Is your home’s exterior made completely out of stone, cement, brick, or some other non-wood building material? Are there no holes through your exterior leading into internal wooden structures? And finally, is your home, completely moisture free? If you have answered yes to all three questions, then it is most likely your home is safe from termites. If not, then there may be a chance your home is at risk. Let’s take a look at some factors that draw termites in, warning signs that could indicate your may home already has termites, and why it is so vitally important to call a pest professional.
What Attracts Termites to My Home?
To understand what attracts termites, we must first understand what termites need to survive.
First and foremost, termites need a warm environment to thrive. More often than not they will find this within the wood of the homes they invade. When it comes to termites found in nature, their need for warmth is provided by the climate. Due to the distinct lack of freezing weather here in Brookshire, termites can survive and threaten homes year-round.
The next thing termites need to survive is moisture. This is commonly found in the dirt they dig through or rotten trees they infest. However, once they reach the walls of your home termites will seek out water-damaged, rotting wood along its exterior. If they find what they are looking for, they will not hesitate to invade.
Warning Signs of a Termite Infestation
When evaluating your home for a termite infestation, keep in mind what termites need to survive. Inspect the exterior walls of your home, inspecting the condition of its wood. Search for structural wood that is rotting or water-damaged. Check your exterior walls for mud tubes that bridge the gap between the soil on the ground and the rotting or water-damaged wood. These tubes are used by termites to retain their moisture while crossing between soil around your exterior to the wood of your home.
Other signs that could indicate a more severe infestation include:
- Hollow-sounding wood.
- Doors and windows that no longer work properly.
- Maze-like patterns in wooden walls and furniture.
- Drooping drywall.
- Excessively squeaky floorboards.
- Buckling wooden structures.
- The Importance of Calling a Pest Professional
If your home has termites, or you simply don’t want to take the risk, consider Modern Pest Control. Here at Modern, we offer top of the line termite prevention, including the Sentricon® System with Always Active™.
Don’t let your home fall victim to termites. Contact Modern today to learn more about our methods, or to schedule a visit from one of our certified pest experts. What do termites look like? Let us find out.