Knowing what attracts termites to your home is the best way to prevent another invasion, if you’ve discovered a termite infestation on your property. So, how do termites get into your house? Let’s find out.
While there are various termite species globally, only four types of termites are known to invade U.S. homes.
1/8 inch, a narrow body, and creamy-white
.05 to 1 inch, slim, and creamy-white
½ to ? inch, thin and light brown
½ inch, tapered head, slender body, and creamy-white
This species is the most common invader in North America. Also, they tend to live in colonies
Thrives in warm temperatures, so often found in coastal states.
Commonly found in Southern Florida and the Pacific Coast.
Also, they live in damp wood, usually close to a water source.
Tend to live in huge underground colonies. Primarily found in Southernmost counties.
So, how do termites get into your house? Before we answer this, it’s crucial to understand what these pests eat. Termites eat cellulose, a compound present in wooden structures and plants.
Subterranean termites prefer softwood, while drywood termites, like their name suggests, feed on dry wood. There are specific conditions that attract termites to your property.
Subterranean termites enter your home by creating mud tubes and using ground-level entry points such as door frames and porch steps. They may also take advantage of foundation cracks and concrete blocks to enter.
Drywood termites move in when flying termites spot a nesting site. They aren’t picky and can inhabit any flooring type. Afterward, they will start laying their eggs to create a termite colony. If they go undetected, the colonies will grow to a colossal size capable of causing extensive damage to your home.
Not sure whether you’ve got termites living in your property? Well, here are some obvious signs of termite infestations.
Here are a few termite prevention tips.
Two types of termite control applications exist pre-construction and post-construction. As for the former, these treatments tend to consist of termiticides applied in two phases. Post-construction termite control, is often used in older properties. These control strategies include baits and insecticides.
Termites are a property owner’s worst nightmare. Following the listed prevention measures can save you thousands of dollars for repairs. If you discover termite activity, the best move is to call McDonald Pest Control.
We offer a wide range of termite treatment services, including drywood and termiticide services. Don’t wait for these pests to ruin your home. Call us to schedule regular inspections for a termite-free home.