July 19, 2018 You are probably aware that termites can cause extensive damage to the…
August 6, 2020
Termites are a major nuisance, and in North Carolina, sometimes it seems like we get some of the worst of it. If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably wondered what it is, exactly, that will cause termites to invade one home but leave another untouched. Luckily, we have some answers, and some of what attracts termites may surprise you.
This is probably the most obvious attractant on this list, but it’s a good place to start. Termites are first and foremost attracted to different kinds of wood, depending on the species. Dampwood and drywood termites are attracted to wet and dry wood respectively, but for the purposes of our region, where subterranean termites are the main problem, just know that wood and cellulose-based materials are attractive to these destructive insects.
Whether it’s leaky pipes or just poor drainage, moist environments are the sort of environment where subterranean termites absolutely thrive. In fact, without a good amount of moisture, subterranean termites aren’t even able to survive!
Subterranean termites make contact with homes using something called “mud tubes”. These tubes, made of soil, are their main mode of transportation and are also the places where they can survive comfortably. No soil means no mud tubes, which makes soil an absolute must.
Heat and Humidity
Termites thrive best in hot and humid conditions, which is why places in the Southeastern United States typically get hit the hardest when it comes to termite problems. We know for a fact that North Carolina fits this bill - just take a step outside on a toasty spring or summer day and those hot, humid conditions will speak for themselves!
Wood in Contact With Foundation
Because subterranean termites have to travel through either wood or soil, if your home’s foundation is in contact with any wood, it makes your home more susceptible to termite infestation. Things like shrubbery and firewood in contact with your home's foundation can act as these wood-based pathways into your home.
Cracks in Building Exterior
Cracks in a building's exterior are a flashing entry sign for subterranean termites! These cracks present an opportunity to these insects to start building interior mud tubes, which will allow them to enter your home and maintain their comfort. Once they make their way inside via these cracks (or gaps), they can start chowing down on wood and other cellulose material and begin to cause structural damage.
A-1 Pest Control Termite Solutions
If you need to get rid of termites, A-1 can help. First, let us see if you have a termite issue by completing a thorough inspection. we’ll complete a thorough inspection of your property to identify if there is existing termite activity, assess the severity of the infestation and amount of termite damage, and identify any termite conducive conditions and provide you with a termite control quote. Get in touch with us right away and get your termite control estimate today!